Final Paper

  • A summary of the historical aspects of the chosen tribe, including both their origin story and the migration theory that best applies to the tribe, their material culture, and historical subsistence system.
  • A description of the historical and contemporary relationship between the tribe and the U.S. government.
  • A description of the social, political, economic, and religious aspects of the tribe, including their descent, kinship and marriage systems, political structure, and religious beliefs.
  • A summary of contemporary issues facing your chosen tribe, which can include issues such as health, economic, environmental, or sovereignty issues.
  • A summary of how your selected tribe compares and contrasts to at least one other tribe’s cultural, spiritual, political, economic, or social expressions. (You can integrate these comparisons within your descriptions of each of the topics above or as its own separate section of your presentation).

Your presentation will be evaluated on the content, overall organization, and your use of graphics in relation to the five main components. A portion of your final grade will be based on how well you incorporated the instructor feedback that was given to you throughout the course on your weekly assignments, so be sure that you take this into consideration when preparing your presentation.

Creating the Final Project
The Final Project should include:


  1. A minimum of 20 slides, excluding the introductory slide and the slide containing references.
  2. Narration supplementing the content on each slide that lasts 20-25 minutes.
  3. A title page with the following:  
    1. Title of assignment
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  4. Must begin with an introduction that has a succinct thesis statement. It must address how the past experiences of the tribe have shaped and influenced their current culture and the challenges they face.
  5. Must address the topic of the presentation with critical thought.
  6. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.

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