300,000 • non-dogmatic • theistic • non-proselytizing
• Define Key Terms
• Appreciate the relationship between the Navajo and their Homeland
• Recognize how problematic it is to call Navajo thought a "religion"
• Appreciate the relationship between Hocho and Hozho
• Recognize the different ways of medicine for ones-sung-over
• Appreciate how the Navajo's relationship with American religion evolved
Native American Church
Review: Sacred & Profane
The Beginning of Culture
• Humans take the "rawness" of the wild and make choices
• Cooked food represents human activities and choices
• This network of activity and choice is called culture
• A culture, like that of the Navajo, is represented through symbols
Symbolic Meaning: the Sacred & Profane
• When humans interpret the world, we imbue it with symbolic meaning
• Profane: most objects have little meaning to us. Like a pencil or a nickel.
• Sacred: some objects will be set apart for their special meaning to us
Sacred: Totem & Taboo
• Totems: those sacred objects which signify "good"
• Taboos: those sacred objects which signiy "evil"