The primary focus of our seminar is to experience what it means to live, work, and worship as a Dine (Navajo) person by participating in daily life and by hearing from many different people who will introduce us to the rich history and culture of the Dine and the ongoing social realities that affect them.
We will take a close look at their history of forced relocation from ancestral homelands, eventual settlement on reservation land and then forced assimilation through boarding schools and other means. We will hear about how the Dine way of life was radically changed over the centuries to accommodate the demands of settlers and then the federal government of the United States. Plan on visiting museums and Navajo tribal sites as well as State political offices and hearing from Navajo representatives, senators and other leaders.
We will also explore environmental justice issues on the reservation, particularly related to uranium mining and water. We will look at contemporary social issues including socio-economic realities, land and resource management and climate change.
We will take a specific look at the history of Navajo and Hopi engagement with each other and with Christians (including Mennonites) related to mission, schooling, and native religions.
Finally, we will explore Arizona’s impressive natural landscape. Among other sites, we will visit the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelley and other points of interest.
Seminar Leaders: Jim Yoder, Biology and Kathy Yoder
Location: Navajo Nation and Flagstaff, AZ
Dates: July 23 - August 13, 2021
Estimated Cost: $4,500 - summer seminar fees include tuition, R&B, and travel
CCSSC 201 Cross-Cultural Social Science: Navajo Nation 3 SH
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