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Papers On Native Indian Studies
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Gender Roles in Hopi Society
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A 9 page overview of the expected and actual roles of Hopi women both in their early culture and in contemporary culture. Emphasizes that these roles have not only evolved but that they sometimes differ in thought and action. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
Filename: PPhopiGn.wps

Hopi Oral Tradition and Resistance to Outside Forces
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An 8 page paper discussing the ease with which the Hopi religion and oral tradition has persisted over the centuries. 'Wrong headedness' is a condition that the Hopi are not to have. They are to adhere to the admonishings and warnings of ages to come given by the ancient ones. Because the oral traditions attached to the Hopi religion are so adaptable to changes in society and in levels of technology, they can remain relevant at any stage of development, either of the Hopi culture or those that would overrun it. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
Filename: KS-Hopi.wps

Koyaanisqatsi / Life Out Of Balance
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A 5 page exploration of the term 'Koyaanisqatsi' which means 'life out of balance,' its relation to Hopi life, ceremony and legend, and its relation to all life. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
Filename: NAbalanc.wps

Tedlock’s “Popol Vuh” and “Breath on a Mirror”
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A six page analysis of these two important works on ancient Mayan tradition. The paper asserts that in comparing Mayan myths with those of the Old Testament, the Mayans emphasize self-reliance and the use of intelligence while the Old Testament emphasizes obedience. No additional sources.
Filename: KBpopol.wps

A Comparison Of Navajo And Taoist Philosophies
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A 6 page comparison of the philosophies of two very different yet very similar peoples. Emphasizes the importance of nature and harmony to both cultures. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
Filename: NavTaois.wps

The Mystique of Turquoise
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An 8 page paper discussing the enduring allure of turquoise. Were we to have a national stone in the US, certainly turquoise would surely be it. It has been used from times of prehistory for trading and as talismans for good health and good fortune; it has fueled the latest craze of all things Southwestern. Stephen Dweck, a modern-day designer, calls turquoise a modern amulet. The Navajo Indians are most noted for their artistry with turquoise, but many of the Native American tribes traded with it and held it dear long before the first white man invaded their lands. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
Filename: KS-tourq.wps

'Unspeakable Sadness' vs. 'Disposition of Nebraska Indians' / Theft of Land & Culture
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A 12 page overview of the differences in approaches to ecology which were responsible for the atrocities and wrongs perpetuated on the American Indian in regards to their land and culture by white settlers and governments invading Nebraska and California. Based largely on the books by David J. Wisehart and John Walton. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Filename: Unspeak.doc

Columbus and His Time: The Beginning of the Decimation of Native America
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A 5 page discussion of the impact on Columbus' voyage in 1492 on the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas. Emphasizes that Columbus' motivation was money and fame not any real concern for the land or the peoples he would encounter. Concludes that Columbus' journey was the beginning of the end for pre-contact Native American cultures. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Filename: PPnaColu.wps

Contemporary and Historic Issues Confronting Native Americans
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A 6 page overview of the historic and contemporary issues confronting Native Americans. The author condenses these issues into three main categories: health, land and leadership. Background information is provided for each category and the reasons for its importance are emphasized in terms of statistics and historic and future applicability. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
Filename: PPnaIssu.wps

Native American Land Rights: The Battles of the Western Shoshone and the Dann Family
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A 15 page discussion of the concepts of Native American sovereignty, property rights and land ownership. Outlines the government policies towards these concepts and the history of U.S. dealings with Native Americans in regard to them. Uses the plight of the Western Shoshone and the Dann sisters in particular to illustrate the rights which have been violated. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
Filename: PPNAshoL.wps

Paul Bernal - An American-Indian & Hero
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4 pages on Paul Bernal-- a genuine Native Indian and historical figure presented in McCutchen & Gordon's '[The] Taos Indians and the Battle for Blue Lake.' The writer describes Bernal's heroic qualities, admirable leadership skills, and many accomplishments in helping his people to retain their sacred land which was threatened by the United States government. No Bibliography.
Filename: Paulbern.wps

Review / Book Focuses Upon Native Indian Technology
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In this 5 page review of Jerry Mander's 'In The Absence Of the Sacred,' the writer looks closely at sections dealing with technology of Native Indians prior to the arrival of Europeans and contrasts (i.e., land cultivation, food storage, shelter, etc;) their nature-orientated society with the greedy, technology-based society of Americans today. No other sources cited.
Filename: Sacred3.wps


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