Fall 2023 - INDG 333 OL01

Indigenous Ethnozoology (3)

Class Number: 7544

Delivery Method: Online


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Either INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W.



This course explores the unique relationship that Indigenous peoples of North America have with animals. It examines how they named, classified, used and managed animals and compares this to western science. Students with credit for INDG (or FNST) 222 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.


  • Appreciate the unique relationships Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America) hold with their environments, including in relation to non-human beings
  • Recognize academic terminology as it pertains to classifying animals
  • Examine the various ways Indigenous peoples classify, name, use and relate to non-human beings
  • Consider beings commonly classified as mythical, legendary or fictitious but under the assertion that they are real
  • Draw comparisons with western scientific classifications and case studies in terms of conservation, management, and taxonomy
  • Engage in experiential learning opportunities and apply course knowledge to better understand non-human beings in your own environments


  • Assignments 65%
  • Term Paper 25%
  • Participation 10%


This is an online, asynchronous class, but please note it is not self-paced – students will need to view lecture and video content, complete readings, participate in discussions and, periodically, submit deliverables on a weekly basis.

There is no midterm or final examination scheduled for this class.



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Registrar Notes:


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