EDL 316 Myaamia Ecology & History 2 (1)

In this course we will continue to weave together the various perspectives of Myaamia (Miami) ecology and history, which were introduced in the first semester. The ecological observations of the second course will be heavily influenced by the seasonal transition from winter into summer that occurs during the spring semester. From these observations, the class will create a shared understanding of the web of relationships that links humans, animals, plants, landscapes, other-than-human beings, and the stories that one particular group of humans " the Myaamiaki " have told about these interactions over time. Through an exploration of some of the general aspects of Myaamia ecology and history, each individual participant of the class will begin develop their own personalized understanding of this complex web of relationships. Half of the class meetings will be dedicated to discussing historical topics, i.e. focused on the past, but one of our explicit goals is to discuss how historical understandings and ecological practices are a part of, or can be made a part of, our contemporary lives. The spring semester of this course will more explicitly focus on traditional stories and historical narratives. These oral and textual sources will be used to contextualize the ecological knowledge that students began developing in the first semester of the course.

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