ANTH 370-3 Native American Art and Society

American Indian cultures and art forms from North America and Mesoamerica are studied from the Pre-Columbian through contemporary society.  The course includes a comparative study of Native American and Mesoamerican cultures and art from the Arctic to the Great Plains and from California to the Eastern Seaboard, utilizing ethnographical, ethnohistorical, ethnological, and archaeological materials within specific culture areas and case studies.  Native American art forms are examined in terms of cultural context, history of styles, and artists.     Included in this course will be discussions of origin stories, languages, environment, religion, social and political organization from both a cultural and artistic worldview.