People of the North
This course explores the intricacies of the Inuit and Yupik peoples, emphasizing the lifeways of the hunting culture of the northern forests and ice fields; the traditions of storytelling; and other forms of literary and artistic expression, including the rich heritage of expressive ceremonial masks, ivory carvings, and other exquisitely made ritual and practical objects. Topics of discussion will include the theme of inua, or spirit; the subject of shamanism; and the cross-cultural connections of the northern world from Siberia, through Alaska and Canada, to Greenland. Focus will be on the prehistoric Dorset and Thule cultures and the historic Inuit peoples of the Arctic, the Yupik and Tlingit of Alaska, and the Haida and Kwakiutl of the Pacific Northwest coast of British Columbia. Sessions will consist of slide lectures, film clips, and discussion of selected readings that will be sent to students.
You'll Walk Away with
- An overview of Inuit and Yupik history and cultural life
- Familiarity with some of landmark films depicting these cultures
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- Those with an interest in anthropology and indigenous art