W101 | Native Peoples of the Americas: The Ancient Ones | Laurie Weinstein
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. EST
In-person at BCC
4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17
Closed at Capacity!
This course will be the first of three that covers the Indigenous peoples who live in the Americas, principally North America. This first part will look at the roots of American cultures, including origins, migrations, networks, resource use and technologies, sacred stories and landscapes. As a non Native person, I will be relying upon Native knowledge as much as possible to inform this course. Indigenous archaeologists provide a counter to the usual, outdated narratives of the Bering Land Bridge as the principal route of migration from the Old to the New Worlds. Well-known sites in the American Southwest, New England and the Plains will show how Native expertise ensured survival in some of the harshest environments.
Dr. Laurie Weinsteinis Professor Emeritus, Anthropology, Western Connecticut State University. She is General Editor for Native Peoples of the Americas, University of Arizona Press. She continues to teach part time at WCSU and write grants/consult for the Jane Goodall Permaculture Garden there. She has written extensively on New England Native Ethnohistory, Native Peoples in the Revolutionary War, and the American Southwest. She is currently writing a book with Dr. Lucianne Lavin entitled, Between Two Rivers and Two Wars: Native Western New England in the 18th Century.
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