More About Native American Literature and Culture

Instructor:  Wendy Kasten

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Required texts

While everyone is welcome in this class, it has been especially designed with those in mind who took the prior course, “Native American Literature and Culture.” Using two primary texts, one written by a Penobscot woman, we will read and discuss two key works aimed at gaining historical and cultural insights into the issues of the past and the present. One class session will include a visit by a local Native American. By taking an optional field trip to Palermo, Maine on Sunday, September 22, we can attend the Ceremony of 8000 Sacred Drums which includes participating in a pot luck dinner, and an introduction to “The Great Thunder Chickens” Native American drumming group.

Required texts: Mitchell, S., Sacred Instruction: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit Based Change. ISBN 10-1623171954 North Atlantic Books (approx. $13.00).
Weatherford, J., Indian Givers: How Native Americans Transformed the World. ISBN 978-0-307-71715-3, Broadway Books, NY. (approx. $13.00).

Wendy C. Kasten is Professor Emerita of Language Arts, Reading, Writing, & Literature, having taught at Kent State University, University of South Florida, University of Maine, and Deakin University (Australia). During her graduate studies in Tucson, AZ, Kasten was part of a large research study on the Tohono O’Odham (Papago) Indian reservation for two years, and later worked with teachers on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation in Florida. She is published on the topic of cultural issues in Native American education, and her PhD dissertation was also on a topic drawn from a two year research study in the Indian Oasis School District of Arizona. Kasten has taught five prior courses for Belfast Senior College.