BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

INST-245 - Okanagan Cultural Development I - 3.00 Credits

INST-245 - Okanagan Cultural Development I - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will introduce students to the study of pre-contact Okanagan culture. Traditional knowledge, systems and practices are examined in relation to roles and responsibilities, worldview, philosophy and spirituality.
Part of the:
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFER Department
  • Prerequisites : INST 100 level or permission of instructor.
    Transferability: NVIT INST 245 & INST 246 = SFU FNST (3). Both courses must be taken in order to receive credit.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  • demonstrate teaching and instruction of hunting, fishing, gathering techniques, practices and seasonal changes;
  • discuss medicines and spiritual practices, general knowledge and stages, and specialist knowledge;
  • discuss oral language and history, political relationships, genealogy and how they are passed on in family and community practice;
  • describe family and community relationships: rites of passage, community responsibilities, roles, and extended family;
  • analyze the traditional Okanagan oral story system - captikw passing of cultural information down generations;
  • recognize major land forms, important sites, and pictographs in relation to history and meaning;
  • discuss Okanagan Creation, Prophecy, and Archetypes; and
  • describe fundamental features of Okanagan world-view/philosophy, spirituality, land and resource use, governance, economics and social structure.
  • Text and Materials: Robinson, Harry. (1989). Write it on your heart: The epic world of an Okanagan storyteller. Penticton, BC: Theytus Books.
    Other Resources: En’owkin Centre Archives, Library and Cultural Resources
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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