Learn about indigenous world view, cultural practices, and unique ways of knowing in this Interdomain (GH/GS) General Education and U.S. Cultures course.

How do indigenous people experience and understand the world around them? What roles do stories, music, and ceremonies play in the preservation of culture? What unique contributions does indigenous knowledge make to science and the Western worldview?

Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing in the Great Lakes Region (CED 400N) presents students with a unique classroom opportunity to explore concepts and values distinctive to indigenous knowledge in the Great Lakes Region. Through critical readings, discussions, and participant observation, students will learn new ways to think about issues of ecology, science, and worldview.

CED 400N: Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing in the Great Lakes Region is a classroom lecture course held during the spring semester.

University Bulletin Description; 3 credits

  • Engage in critical readings, lectures, video segments, a field trip, and classroom discussion to better understand the worldview, cultural practices, and ways of knowing unique to indigenous peoples.
  • Develop an awareness of colonial powers and the forces of historical trauma at work in indigenous communities today.

How to Register for CED 400N

Penn State Students

CED 400N - "Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Great Lakes Region: Lecture" is an evening course scheduled on Mondays from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and will be made accessible via Zoom.

CED 401 - "Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing Among the Ojibwe" (Maymester 0.5 credit course involving travel) will not be offered in 2022 as a safety precaution during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Penn State students at any campus can register for the course via LionPATH. When selecting location, please choose CONFINST – Conferences and Institutes.


For questions regarding the registration process, email conferences@outreach.psu.edu or call 814-863-5100.

For questions regarding course content:

Dr. Bruce Martin
Adjunct Instructor, College of Agricultural Sciences
Email: makwahmartin@gmail.com

Danna Jayne Seballos
Co-Instructor, CED 400N
Email: dms520@psu.edu