Texts: Jerome Rothenberg, Shaking the Pumpkin; Jerome and Diane Rothenberg, Symposium of the Whole; xerox anthology (from CalCopy). Supplementary Texts: John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks; Jerome Rothenberg, Technicians of the Sacred.
COURSE SCHEDULE & READINGS
4-2 Introduction: The Range of American Indian Cultures
4-4 A Poetics of Enactment/Transformations: Inside & Outside Views.
4-8 [Monday 3:30] Lecture by Elizabeth Newsome: "A Window into the Spirituality of Power in the Classic Maya Lowlands: Divine Kingship & the Stela Cult at Copan."
4-9 Discussion of Hamatsa Ceremony. Introduction to Shamanism.
4-11 Film: Initiation of a Shaman.
4-16 Discussion of Initiation of a Shaman & the Nature of Shamanism.
4-18 The Language of Magic & Ritual:Word/Song/Metamorphosis.
4-23 Forms of Narration (1): The Boy & the Deer.
4-25 Forms of Narration (2): Swampy Cree Narratives.
4-30 Forms of Narration (3) / The Poetics of Vision: Black Elk Speaks. Film: Crow Dog's Paradise (with narration by Allen Ginsberg).
5-2 Black Elk (continued): The Horse Dance (Healing As Performance ).
5-7 Healing As Performance (2): María Sabina.
5-9 Processions & Transformations.
5-14 The Play of Opposites: (1) To Find Our Life; (2) The Night Chant.
5-16 The Night Chant (continued)
5-21 Dreams & the Wishes of the Soul.
5-23 Clowns & Tricksters (1): The Poetics of Disruption.
5-28 Clowns & Tricksters (2): The Incredible Survival of Coyote.
5-30 Aztec & Mayan Poetry & Performance (1): The Written Record.
6-4 Aztec & Mayan Poetry & Performance (2): Rabinal Achí &
6-6 Contemporary Moves.
Paula Gunn Allen, The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in
American Indian Traditions
John Bierhorst, Cantares Mexicanos
James Clifford, The Predicament of Culture
Michael D. Coe, Breaking the Maya Code
Frederick J. Dockstader, Indian Art in America
Mircea Eliade, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
Alvaro Estrada, María Sabina: Her Life & Chants
Jamake Highwater, Arts of the Indian Americas (especially Chapters 1 and 13)
Jamake Highwater, Ritual of the Wind: North American Indian: Ceremonies, Music and Dances
Dell Hymes, "In Vain I Tried To Tell You": Essays in Native American Ethnopoetics
John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks
Howard Norman, The Wishing Bone Cycle: Narrative Poems from the Swampy Cree Indians
Jerome Rothenberg, Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, & Oceania
Linda Schele and David Freidel, Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya
Gary Snyder, Earth House Hold
Brian Swann (ed.), On the Translation of American Indian Literature
Brian Swann (ed.), Smoothing the Ground: Essays on Native American Oral Literature
Barbara Tedlock, The Beautiful and the Dangerous: Encounters with the Zuni Indians
Dennis Tedlock, Finding the Center
Dennis Tedlock, The Spoken Word and the Work of Interpretation
Dennis & Barbara Tedlock (eds), Teachings from the American Earth
On reserve in Undergraduate Library.