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Native American Religions

May 22, 2020

Hale, Tiffany Silver_nugget
Native American Religions

This class changed the way I view the definition of "religion" in Native American context. Professor Hale is lovely. However, we spent almost more than half of our class-time watching Native American documentary and films. The readings were interesting, and I wished we had more time to unpack these during class discussions. Professor Hale is not a great lecturer, but she isn't terrible: I felt that her lectures could have been more prepared ahead with points she wanted to make, and she should work on her delivery. Professor Hale is just starting out so maybe she'll improve. Overall, if you have space in your schedule, it can be a good elective


- Weekly readings (not too bad)
- Weekly quizzes on readings (easy)
- 3 short essays spread throughout semester
- Final in-class presentation

December 31, 1999

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
Native American Religions

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Randall Balmer, although he is an excellent professor otherwise, doesn't really know much about Native American religions. Ultimately, however, this class is basically one long discussion section, so it doesn't really matter. However, the class still suffers from a reading list that, despite inclusions of several really excellent books, leans more heavily on tedious and frequently shallow anthropological accounts (although this is hardly Balmer's fault; there's really just not enough good scholarship on the subject). The class also suffers from the greatest inherent problem of colloquiums, i.e. the success of the class is largely dependent on your classmates. Suffice it to say that mine wasn't too successful.


A book a week, one presentation, and a 17 page research paper.

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