1995: Teaching Native American Religions

Updated May 1, 1995 The following is a series of discussions concerning the teaching of Indian religions outside of their own cultural context. From: Ron Grimes, U Colorado Boulder (at the time) MX%”nn.chat@gnosys.svle.ma.us” 6-MAY-1993 18:51:48.40 Subj: Teach. Nat. Am. Rel. I am submitting this query simultaneously to two electronic discussion groups–one on religious studies, the other on Native American issues–to invite reflection on three questions: 1. Should or should not European Americans be teaching courses on Native American religions? 2. If we should not, why not, and what would be the results of our deferral? 3. If we should, how best can we proceed? I am giving much thought these days to the question of cultural imperialism, especially in two of its forms, namely, religious and academic imperialism. While on leave, I have been asked by the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to teach […] Read More