Fall 2021  |  GCC 5036 Section 001: Seeking Connection through Decolonization: The Power of Indigenous Lands and Languages (35324)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
GCC 3036 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, East Bank
Science Teaching Student Svcs 420B
Enrollment Status:
Open (2 of 5 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Seeking Connection through Decolonization: The Power of Indigenous Languages and Place-Based Knowledge in the Face of Racism How has unequal distribution of power resulted in the decline in Indigenous language and the loss of societal connections to the land? How might we all, from different positionalities, revitalize our relationships to indigenous land and languages, in the face of racism and attempts to perpetuate colonization? In this course students will grapple with ideological roots of the ongoing decline in Indigenous language and place-based knowledge and how their decline has implications for all peoples. To understand the connections, students will participate in Indigenous language learning (Dakota and Ojibwe) as acts of cultural production. Discussion and reading will be supplemented with visits to local sites, for example, Medicine Gardens, Bell Museum, Gibbs Farm, and Bdote to directly interact with the land as pedagogy. Through the course themes, students will experience the interconnectedness of place-based knowledge, language and human identity, while also seeing the importance of understanding the lands on which one resides and the power of indigenous languages in re-imagining those relationships. This is a Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) course.
Class Notes:
Please note there is an optional field trip to the Itasca Biological Station on September 17-19. Students are encouraged to attend.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.

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