BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

INLG-260 - Ways of Knowing: The Syilx Land Culture (previous INST 245) - 3.00 Credits

INLG-260 - Ways of Knowing: The Syilx Land Culture (previous INST 245) - 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:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Diploma Program - Diploma Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : INLG-160 ,
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree or Equivalent
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    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:

    • 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;

    • demonstrate an ability to 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, H. (1989) Write it on your heart: The epic world of an Okanagan Storyteller, Penticton, BC, Theytus Books
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    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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