BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SCIE-150 - Aspects of Plateau Ethnoscience - 4.50 Credits

SCIE-150 - Aspects of Plateau Ethnoscience - 4.50 Credits

Course Details
This is a first year university science course designed to fulfill the science requirement for a BA program. The course bridges modern and traditional plateau understandings of science perspectives. The course includes aspects of earth science, taxonomy, animal and plant science. The main focus relates landforms and plant and animal science to traditional ecological knowledge.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : Eng 12 required, Science 11 equivalent or Science 050.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 90
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • compare concepts of time, length, volume, mass in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal and relate to modern methods;

  • describe the importance of measurements in areas such as building, manufacture of tools and dosage of medicines;

  • compare and contrast naming methods;

  • discuss the origins of land forms as described in teachings and compare them to present ideas and theories;

  • describe the relationship of specific plant species to land types and relate these ideas to those of the biogeoclimatic zones used today;

  • identify plants/fungi using their common, plateau culture, and scientific names;

  • identify and use plants/fungi used in technology and art for food, plant fibers, medicine, and for spiritual purposes;

  • relate plant/fungal cycles to the measurement of time (seasons, seasonal cycles, years);

  • describe traditional plant culture and land modification methods;

  • describe the use of ecological indicators for orienteering;

  • discuss the spiritual significance of selected plants, animals and land forms;

  • collect, preserve and store selected plant material and prepare herbarium specimens;

  • identify plants and other products that are used as site indicators; and

  • describe the methods used to study animal habits and ecology.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Cajete, Greg. (current edition). Native science: The Natural Laws of Interdependence. Santa Fe, NM: Clear Light Publishers.

  • Parish, Roberta, Coupe, R. and Dennis Lloyd. (current edition). Plants of the Southern Interior British Columbia and the Inland Northwest. Vancouver, BC: Lone Pine Publishing.

  • Teit, James Alexander. (current edition). The Thompson Indians of British Columbia. New York, NY: AMS Press.

  • Turner Nancy J. (current edition). Thompson Ethnobotany: Knowledge and usage of plants by the Thompson Indians of British Columbia. Victoria, BC: Royal British Columbia Museum.

  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
  • Hill-Tout, Charles and Ralph Maud. (1978). The Salish people: The local contribution of Charles Hill-Tout. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks Ltd.
  • Harris, R. Cole. (2002). Making native space: Colonialism, resistance, and reserves in British Columbia. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press.

  • Hanna, Darwin and Mamie Henry. (1995). Our tellings: Interior Salish stories of the Nlha’kapmx people. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press.

  • Laforet, Andrea Lynne and Annie York. (1998). Spuzzum Fraser Canyon histories, 1808-1939. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press in association with the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

  • Kuhnlein, Harriet V. and Nancy J. Turner. (1991). Traditional plant foods of Canadian indigenous peoples, nutrition, botany and use. Philadelphia: Gordon and Breach.
  • M’Gonigle, Michael R. and Wendy C. Wickwire. (1988). The Stein: The way of the river. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks.

  • Merritt Legal Services. (Writer/Director). (1992). The Nlaka’pamux land question. [Videotape]. (Available from Merritt Legal Services and Shaw Cable).
  • Sturtevant, William C. and Deward E. Walker. (1998). Handbook of North American Indians. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution.
  • Teit, James Alexander. (1969). Traditions of the Thompson River Indians. New York, NY: Kraus Reprint Co.
  • Teit, James Alexander and Franz Boas. (1930). Tattooing and face and body painting of the Thompson Indians, British Columbia. In Annual report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, 45th (1927-1928). Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Teit, James Alexander. (1975). Mythology of the Thompson Indians. New York, NY: AMS Press.
  • Tepper, Lesley. (1994). Earth line and Morning Star: Nlaka’pamux clothing traditions. Hull, QB: Canadian Museum of Civilization.
  • Tepper, Lesley. (1987). The Interior Salish tribes of British Columbia: A photographic collection. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Museum of Civilization.
  • Turner, Nancy J. (1979). Plants in BC Indian technology. Victoria, BC: Royal British Columbia Museum.