title of program: Native American Studies

We are working on ways to correct these problems in order to increase theaccuracy and comprehensiveness, not only of possible future print versions, butalso of this electronic version of the guide. Because this website can beconveniently upgraded more frequently than a print guide, it has the potential tobecome the most reliable source of such information available anywhere,anytime, to everyone. For these reasons, I am hoping that anyone who knows of aprogram that is not represented in this publication, or who knows of anyinaccuracies herein, will contact me at or fill out the we have designed for this purpose, to let us know about any errors, omissions,or updates in Native Studies programs being offered in North America at thebaccalaureate level or higher.

 Eagles figure prominently in the mythology of nearly every Native American tribe.
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None of them have anything to do with authentic Indian traditions,and anyone who thinks they do is likely to be wrong about anything else he claims about Native American religionsas well.


title of program: Native American Studies

Article on the history of the Native American drum circle and the spirituality of the drum,
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At one time, there were literally hundreds of of Native Americans living within the United States. Each tribe had its own culture and lifestyle, and in each one the women, men, and children all played an important role. had a surprisingly dominant role in Native American life. The homes, tools, land, and weapons belonged to the women, and men who married them actually joined the wife's family instead of vice-versa. Women's daughters usually received the parent's property, and they often worked in the field and built the houses while the men attended to other duties.


American Indian Drums - Native American Language …

Some years ago, in the Fall of 1993, the Association for the Study ofAmerican Literatures published a 30-page guide to Native American Studiesprograms in the ,compiled and edited by former ASAIL President Ballinger. This new Guide to Native American Studies Programs in the UnitedStates and Canada represents an attempt to update and expand uponProfessor Ballinger's pioneering work. In accordance with a 1995 ASAILresolution, it is being published in electronic form so as to be available notonly to ASAIL members but also to non-members, compliments of the Association.

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Broader classifications of the more than 80 South American languagefamilies into a smaller number of macrophyla have been proposed by JosephGreenberg, Morris Swadesh, Cestmir Loukotka, and others. Because theseSouth American stocks have not as yet been fully documented with listsof cognate sets, they are not accepted by all specialists.

The history of Native American Indians - …

Current scholarly approaches to Native American Indian language classificationare polarized. Most Americanists accept only certain parts of the Voegelinclassification, while rejecting others, with the Macro-Penutian and Hokanphyla of North America receiving most challenges. Joseph Greenberg recentlyproposed a new classification, with just three groups of languages: Eskimo-Aleut,Na-Dene, and a third stock, Amerind, which includes all the other languagesof North, Central, and South America. Although some mainstream Americanistsfind this proposal intriguing, they have criticized Greenberg's researchfor its methodology and data, and the theory is not widely accepted.