Indigenous people and cultures have been exploited and commodified; some example

Indigenous people and cultures have been exploited and commodified; some examples include lacrosse, running traditions,
and mascots. As you research and write Essay II, you will have an opportunity to explore another
example on your own. If you need ideas, some diverse examples you might consider include:
Land or sacred sites (for example, when they are made into National Parks or tourist
attractions).
Fashion, entertainment, and the arts (for example, Native-themed clothing, cinematic
representations of Native people).
Games and sports (not including ones on our syllabus).
Spirituality (for example, experiences in sweat lodges that are for sale online).
Human beings (for example, through mascots, caricatures and costumes during holidays,
or even human remains
Anlyze the topic you choose in the context of the relevant Indigenous culture. If for example,
you choose to analyze a sacred site that has been commodified, you’d want to examine how that
site is relevant to the Indigenous community’s culture. Is the creation of the site explained
through the community’s origin stories? Does the site have spiritual, cultural, or ceremonial
significance? How has the commodification of the site affected both the site and the
community’s relationship with it? Refer to the list of Course Themes at the top of page 2 in the
syllabus; incorporate one of our course themes in your analysis.
General Essay II Guidelines
All essays must:
–be 4-5 pages, not including the bibliography. You may use a separate title page if you wish, but
it is not required. If you do use a title page, don’t include it in the page count. (Note that the
minimum page length is 4 full pages; three pages and a little bit on the fourth page does not
equal four full pages. Length does matter in a writing assignment as short as this—you need
enough space to develop your ideas.)
–include at least 5 references, at least three of which are scholarly. Correctly document your
sources each time you refer to them in the body of your essay (with in-text citations or endnotes)
as well as on your Bibliography or Works Cited page. (You may choose MLA, APA, or Chicago
style, but use whichever one you choose consistently.)
–use 1” margins, Times New Roman font (size 10 or 12), and be double spaced. Do not skip
extra spaces between paragraphs, or start your essay halfway down the first page. Refer to the
writing resources in D2L for additional writing tips and guidelines.
–include a clear thesis statement which helps to focus and organize your entire paper
–Before firmly committing to your topic, spend a few minutes confirming the availability of
resources. You’ll find that some Native Nations have plenty of resources available on
cosmology, while others do not.
–Remember that many Native Nations have multiple names (ex. Diné/Navajo). Familiarize
yourself with relevant terminology, and try searching under all of terms for best results.
–You may use online sources, but you may not use encyclopedias (online or print) as primary
sources. You should not expect to find reliable, detailed information about most Native Nations’
cosmology online, but some Native Nations’ websites may be good resources or lead you to
other useful sources.
–If you’re not sure how to determine whether a source is scholarly, take a look at this useful
guide from the University of Illinois:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/howdoi/scholarly
.
–If you need help correctly formatting your sources, take a look at this useful Online Writing
Lab at Purdue University:
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html
.
–Click on the “Library Tools” button on the main tool bar in D2L for links to great resources on
Indigenous people and also general tips on writing and avoiding plagiarism.

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