Ethnographic Contexts (North-American)


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General characterization





Responsible teacher

Frederico Delgado Chaves Rosa


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Hittman, M., 1997 [1990]. Wovoka and the Ghost Dance. Lincoln, London: University of Nebraska Press Holler, C., 1995. Black Elk´s Religion. The Sun Dance and Lakota Catholicism. New York: Syracuse University Press Maddra, S. A., 2006. Hostiles? the Lakota Ghost Dance and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, University of Oklahoma Press Mails, T. E., 1978. Sundancing at Rosebud and Pine Ridge. Sioux Falls: Center for Western Studies, Augustana College Nichols, D.A., 2008. Red Gentleman and White Savages: Indians, Federalists and the Search for Order on the American Frontier. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press Strong, P. T., 2005. "Recent Ethnographic Research on North American Indigenous Peoples", Annual Review of Anthropology, 34: 253-268 Valentine, L. P. & R. Darnell (eds.). 1999. Theorizing the Americanist Tradition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press

Teaching method

The curricular unit follows a theoretical-practical methodology, with a preliminary explanation of the key contents of each course by the teacher, using slideshows with quotations of ethnographic and historical texts, as well as selected images, and in an open mode of permanent interaction with students, through questions, comments and free interventions. In a second moment, which can interpenetrate the expository component, students are invited to analyse in detail, through collective discussion, certain passages or other content that allow deepening the synthetically exposed matter, and to carry out small exercises of analysis and interpretation in groups. A third component consists of debates on the subject taught.

Evaluation method

The assessment consists of two written tests and exercises in class, and students may choose an alternative method of assessment with a global written test.(100%)

Subject matter

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