Plus Pilots: Thinking about Indigenous Cultures of the World

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excited about subject matter, needs better deliver I am fascinated by native cultures and would love this course. However, please make this course more dynamic and attention grabbing instead of a monotone lecture skipping around.
Date published: 2021-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from How Does This Course Develop? We would like to see this pilot developed into a course. The pilot had nothing new for us. Hopefully the course will be developed around case studies of the world view of non-dominant cultures around the world.
Date published: 2021-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I need more of this This is such an important subject and really needs to be talked about more. I hope to see the full lecture on it and curious to see where it goes.
Date published: 2021-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Subject fascinating, but poor delivery Subject is of great interest to me, but the delivery and presentation are not of the quality of other courses at The Great Courses.
Date published: 2021-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Important Topic I don’t love the presentation in this lecture, but I’m giving five stars as an indication of how important I consider the topic and how enthusiastic I am for the completed course.
Date published: 2020-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Breadth of Subject Matter Introducing viewers to the complexity of the history, status, and perspectives of the diverse indigenous cultures of the world is an enormously challenging task, so I was impressed and encouraged by the depth and breadth of the instructor's knowledge and expertise. Her level of familiarity and comfort in navigating smoothly between topics such as political/legal history, cosmology, traditional ecological knowledge, and international laws and institutions was very impressive and sets the stage for an excellent survey of this complex set of issues. I very much hope to see a full version of this course made available in the near future and guarantee it will jump toward the front of my watch list.
Date published: 2020-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Introduction for Non-Natives This pilot is one I will most certainly be on the lookout for. I appreciate Professor McAnany input and adherence to amplifying *specific* Indigenous voices throughout the lecture. All too often I have to clarify for outsiders the complex mentality that Native America from the top to bottom of the western hemisphere is complex and each have a multitude of differences but we do have common issues and share common bonds in regards to climate change and communal support. I chuckled to myself a couple times when she mentioned the settler mentality and especially the bit about the Cherokee grandmother. I was also pleased to hear her mention and pronounce SPECIFIC Maya peoples (we have multiple) like Ch'orti', Mopan, and Q'eqchi'/Kekchi'. I didn't grow up with Abrahamic religion, and admittedly do not understand much of it; but her explanation of the Devine and spiritual beings residing solely in the heavens for humans to strive for whilst the Earth is a "profane" place was such a profound realization and framing of ideology for me. Had this pilot been available a year or two ago, I would have shown it as a screening at my university for the Native Advocacy club I ran. Overall, thank you for the respect you showed us Professor McAnany, I look forward to seeing you use your platform to help bridge the gap of understanding between non and Indigenous people alike.
Date published: 2020-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent content I was pleasently surprised by the quality of the content in this pilot. It shows a kind of respect to the cultural diversity of Original People that is, many times, lost on other works of this sort of research. I´m really interested on the next lectures and the suggested reading material.
Date published: 2020-09-30
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Thinking About Indigenous Cultures of the World
1: Thinking About Indigenous Cultures of the World

Indigenous peoples are members of communities that have languages and cultural heritages unique to themselves and who inhabit all six livable continents—from polar extremes to tropical latitudes. With this eye-opening lecture, Patricia A. McAnany, Kenan Eminent Professor of Anthropology, introduces you to what groups of people are indigenous and what it means to claim indigenous identity in the 21st century.

33 min