American Indian Spirituality—an Introduction
This 4 week course introduces students to the spiritual beliefs and life practices of Native American Indians. The hope is that students will learn life practices and develop spiritual tools to aid them in daily life. Ethics, spiritual values, and a Native relationship with nature will be emphasized and explained. No previous understanding or experience is necessary. This class is open to anyone or any age, who is curious and seeking to enhance spiritual life. People of all religions are welcome as well as the content of this course will be on living in balance with the world, other people and nature and will not challenge any religions or faiths. This class is taught by a woman who is Mohawk through her father, therefore some extra time may be spent discussing the Mohawk spiritual heritage specifically, though the course will concentrate on “universal” Native American ways.
Sharing of Personal Stories/Heritage
Explanation and Discussion of Whole Person Medicine Wheel
Discussion of the Implications of Individualism vs. Collectivism
Healing through Volition using the Mecicine Wheel
A perspective on the meaning of a Human Being
Share previous nature assignment. New Nature assignment given.
The Story of the Creation of the Iroquois Confederacy
Implications for how the Iroquois History affects our lives today
Discussion and explanation of Symbols: feathers bound together, tree of peace, cutting roots in personal lives, power animals, medicine bags
Previous nature assignment discussed.
New Nature assignment given.
Explanation and discussion of 7 Life Values
Explanation and discussion of 10 Life Practices
Seven Generation Law
Discussion of Previous Nature Assignment
Closing discussion: How has this course affected you?