ECON 295A: Land in O’odham: Cultural, Economic and Historical Perspectives O'odham Nation, Arizona and Mexico

This course explores the cultural, economic, and historical dimensions of the O'odham (Papago and Pima) Indians' ties to their lands as expressed in their pre-reservation and contemporary lifeways. Student and faculty travel to the O'odham Nation in Arizona and Mexico during February Break. The seminar first examines pre-reservation O'odham-land relationships as expressed in the tribes' beliefs concerning the structure and operation of the cosmos. Students then place O'odham economics in historical perspective paying particular note to the major 19th- and 20th-century forces that eroded the O'odham's original land base and control over their economic practices. Lastly, we consider attempts of O'odham peoples to solve present-day economic problems in ways that are compatible with their cultural heritage. Program fee applies.