"Contemporary Native American Traditions"
Original Course dates: August 23-September 27, 2012
Instructor: Richard Grounds
Dr. Richard A. Grounds is a Yuchi/Seminole leader and scholar who received his PhD in History of Religions from Princeton Theological Seminary.
The course will be an exploration into the the resilient ancient worldviews of Native American cultures as expressed in contemporary Native American traditions through patterns of continuity and change. The survey will begin with examining language and land as foundational sources for Native American religious practice. Then, the course will consider representative religious expressions and practices, whether bounded by specific tribal contexts or pan-Indian, such as the peyote sacrament in the Native American Church. The survey will conclude with reflections on the new affirmation of Native Christianity in charismatic circles and on the facile appropriation of Native spirituality.