LRC 330A Interpreting Native Cultures (crosslisted with AIS and ANTH) and
LRC 393 Museum Interpreter Internship (crosslisted with ANTH)
Note: These are not currently being offered, but University students are welcome to discuss musuem education internships for credit with Lisa Falk, ASM Director of Education.
Contact Lisa Falk by email
Two classes for those interested in Native America history and culture, teaching, and museums.
Are you looking for an unusual course, one that will "inspire you to come to class" and refresh your entire outlook on teaching and learning?
Would you like to work with elementary school students and learn about Native cultures of the Southwest at the same time?
Would you like to meet Native American tribal representatives and hear what they think is important about their history and culture?
Check out some of the comments students have made about LRC/AIS/ANTH 330A and LRC/ANTH 393 (training courses to become an interpreter at the Arizona State Museum):
"The six week training we did [in 330 and 393] was very
interesting and almost awe inspiring. I never though about American
Indians in that way. I knew they still lived today, but I did not
know much about individual tribes or the great culture that still
"Being an interpreter for the Arizona State Museum...made me expand my vision more, challenged me to think beyond, [and] brought me back to reality."
"Another aspect of this class that brought to reality what we were going to be teaching was the guest lecturers. Each of the people who spoke to us brought us a distinctive culture with pride. They would share their life stories to strangers, with humility. That was an effective aspect of the class. More than just reading about distant people, we were confronted by the real issues they are speaking out about today, and also the vitality of holding onto their traditions."
"I learned a tremendous amount, not only regarding the American
Indians covered in the 'Paths of Life' exhibition, but also about how to effectively share this information with others."
"My overall experience as an interpreter has been invigorating. My main motive in being an interpreter is positvely transforming the degrading perceptions that students have about American Indians."
"I feel 330 and 393 should be [courses] that all elementary education
majors must be required to take before graduation. 393 ended up
being the only course that I took this semester that gave me any connection to kids, as well as interaction with them."
"I hope that this class will be around for years to come. Unfortunately I will
be graduating soon and will not be able to take the internship again
or I would do it, but I hope it is successful in the future and keeps impacting
lives like it impacted my life."
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