Fall 2021 - INDG 212 D100

Indigenous Perceptions of Landscape (3)

Class Number: 3904

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 9095, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Rudy Reimer
    1 778 782-3594
    Office: SWH 9085
  • Prerequisites:

    INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W.



Indigenous peoples of North America possess perceptions of landscape rooted in their long history with the land. Using methods and theories designed for anthropology, archaeology, land and resource management planning and geography will bring a multi-disciplinary approach to this study of cultural landscapes. Students with credit for FNST 212 may not take this course for further credit.


Concepts of landscape, Indigenous and western academic views and philosophies, walk about tours, experiential learning.  

This course compares Indigenous North American perceptions of landscape with several academic fields including anthropology, archaeology, art and tradition, history, land and resource management planning and geography and geology, among other topics. Examining the concept of Landscape focuses on where the concept comes from, how it is defined, and how theories about it are formed. Evaluation of how these concepts is constructed and the value of a multi-disciplinary approach are stressed.


Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concept of Landscape from multiple perspectives.
  • Critically evaluate Indigenous perspectives and western academic literature.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative reasoning and research tools to analyze topics in Indigenous Studies and other academic disciples.
  • Improve their written, oral, communication skills for communicating their analyses of cultural perspectives and literature.
  • Find sources and conduct research on Indigneous Studies.


  • Research Paper 30%
  • Weekly Reading Summaries and Discussion Lead 20%
  • Walk About Journal 20%
  • Presentation About Research Paper 10%
  • Annotated Bibliography 20%



Personal notebook, phone camera, pencils for sketching, walk/hiking shoes and ready to be outside on any day.


Christine J. Elsey The Poetics of Land and Identity among British Columbia Indigenous Peoples. Fernwood Publishing.
ISBN: 978-1-55266-550-3

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