Native American Religious Traditions

Course Description

This is a study of Native American religious and spiritual beliefs and practices, including an examination of spirit beings, prophecies, and renewals of the Indian way through their land-based religions, symbols, and ceremonies. Tribal religions are reviewed, including a focus on traditional beliefs and practices, religious movements, the effect of foreign influences and philosophies, and the continual struggle for religious freedom. Change and continuity of American Indian values and tribalism are examined as reflected through present-day spiritual issues in Indian America.

Class Details

CRN Course Section Days Times Instructor Loc
37378 NAIS 14 60Z ······· TBA-TBA Meghan Kensler ONLINE

Class Materials: View textbook and/or other materials for this course available at the Bookstore.
Class Dates: This class runs from 2022-01-03 to 2022-03-25.

Footnote Information

NAIS-014.-60Z: Fully ONLINE. This class does not have scheduled meetings. Students can log in anytime to do the required weekly course work. Students must have access to a computer, the internet and an individual email address. We recommend a laptop or desktop computer to successfully complete the course; a tablet or phone may not be adequate for all assignments and tests. Most De Anza classes will use the Canvas course management system. Information about Canvas and Online Education Orientation can be found in Canvas on the Student Resources page: . The Student Online Resources hub with extensive information and tips can be found at

Course Details

4 Units
Four hours lecture (48 hours total per quarter).
Gen Ed
General Education Class
Program Status
Program Applicable
Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method
Letter Grading


See general education pages for the requirements this course meets.
EWRT 1A or EWRT 1AH or (EWRT 1AS and EWRT 1AT) or ESL 5.
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