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Anthro - 210 - Introduction to the Indians of California - Laurie Solis

Course:Introduction to the Indians of California
Professor:Laurie Solis
Email:laurie.solis@canyons.edu
Format:
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week

Introduction

Introduction to the Indians of California

Hi!

Welcome to Introduction of the Indians of California. I am excited to be teaching this course. As an archaeologist for over 20 years I have had the opportunity to work with a number of the tribes that currently call California home. Presently, I am also on the Board of Directors for the Tataviam Band of Mission Indians Land Conservancy. This course focuses on the history and culture of California Indians as well as present day issues. I am passionate about my commitment and work with tribal groups and I hope to share my experiences with you to give you some insight that will allow you to have a greater appreciation for the history and cultures of the indigenous peoples of California.

We will explore the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of California including art, language, spirituality, and current issues.

Since this is a survey course, your attendance and participation is vital to your success in the class. 

In the meantime, do you have any questions? 

Feel free to email me: laurie.solis@canyons.edu

Laurie Solis - Face

Course Description

Catalogue Description: CSU:UC 54 LECTURE HOUR

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES (SLOS): The following are Student Learning Outcomes for the course. By the end of the semester each student should be able to:
1.    Compare and contrast the prehistory of native cultures that were once found in northern, central, and southern California in terms of their relationship to the natural environment and surrounding cultures.
2.    Analyze the history of California Indians based upon historical and archaeological materials.

What to Expect in this Course

You will need a working computer with microphone and webcam. You will also need a word processing app, such as Microsoft Office Suite, Apache Open Office (FREE SOFTWARE compatible with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, ability to open, view and edit PDFs). You will also need the Zoom app for class meetings.  

You will need to be prepared to go through various types of educational material, such as textbook chapters, first hand ethnographic accounts, and watch videos and documentaries.

 

Meetings:

Despite our distance we will be meeting every other week/twice a week via Zoom. 

Homework:

Reading assignments are required on a weekly basis, as well as analysis of videos, articles, powerpoints and other related content and you will be given a Weekly Homework Assignment.

Class Activities/Points:

You will be required to attend class via Zoom on a regular basis and participate with your classmates on various activities. You are awarded points for your participation during these class activities. Because these are synchronous activities, they will not be able to be made up.

Exams:

You will have two exams - a midterm and a final. These will be given via Canvas. I will provide a study guide to you and we will have a exam review session before each exam.

Mini Group Video Project:

At the very end of the semester there will be a mini group video project on your choice of topic covered in the course. These will be due during the last week of the semester. The question I get asked the most is: "Do I HAVE to work with someone?" Answer: Well. No, but it will make your life easier if you do! The maximum number of people for each group is 4.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit opportunities are provided to you throughout the semester, to make up missed points and to expand your learning outside the classroom on various topics. If conditions permit, an optional extra credit field trip to an archaeological site will be planned.

Chumash Painted Cave - Pictograph Site

Types of Assessments

Please be prepared for the following:

Online homework assignments, online quizzes, online discussion boards, written assignments, and group activities.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

You will require a textbook for this course. There is a great deal of information in this course and you will require readings and examples to facilitate your understanding of the various cultures of Calfiornia.

There is only one textbook ever written about the Indians of California. It is a digital textbook and is available here:

https://www.greatriverlearning.com/product-details/1576

In order to offset the cost of this book, you may want to purchase it with someone and share the log-in information.

An optional resource text is this book:

Heizer & Elsasser, 1980, The Natural World of the California Indians. Univ. of California Press (California Natural History Guide No. 46) ISBN 9780520038967  

The Heizer & Elsasser book is a great additional resource to this course if you cannot purchase the required GRL book.

This book is available in the College of the Canyons bookstore and on Amazon, here: https://www.amazon.com/Natural-California-Indians-History-Guides/dp/0520038967/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Natural+World+of+the+California+Indians&qid=1597262648&sr=8-1

You can purchase a used copy for as little as $0.97 (as of this writing)

However, bear in mind that there will be a information not contained in the book that we cover in class.

The Natural World of the California Indians

Other Relevant Course Information

Additional Resources
Canvas
The course can be accessed via Canvas at cv.canyons.edu on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661)362-3344 during college business hours, or (877)889-9052 for 24/7 support.
Online Education
Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.
The Learning Center (TLC)
⦁    The TLC provides FREE tutoring resource to COC students including:
⦁    Face-to-face & ONLINE tutoring
⦁    Testing Center: offers test proctoring services for courses that have required proctored exams
⦁    Study Jam Review Sessions
⦁    Computers with over 300 software programs For more information visit the TLC Website.
Disabled Students Program & Services (DSPS)
College of the Canyons DSPS provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC.  A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Disabled Students Program & Services website. 
Online Counseling
The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.
Management of Stress and Mental Health
College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.
The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress – it could save someone’s life.
You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text “Courage” to 741741. It’s free, available 24/7, and confidential.


Additional Resources

Canvas

This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex: username@my.canyons.edu)
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email veterans@canyons.edu or phone (661) 362-3469.

Library

The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 07/26/2021 Sub#: 420