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.