Part 1: Exploration
- Be sure to have completed
the assigned reading before beginning work on the RWLO.
- Read the Wikpedia definition of Ethocentrism.
- Explore these alien
abduction/conspiracy websites (you are also welcome to make use of sites you find on your own):
Part 2: Analysis
- Find one or two articles
which demonstrate characteristics of ethnocentrism.
- Revisit the readings from
your text. Look closely at the passages in which the authors are
describing encounters between the Native inhabitants of the New World
and the European newcomers.
- Pay especially close
attention to places in which the authors demonize or idealize “the other.”
- Look for similarities and
differences in these accounts.
Part 3: Reflection
- Prepare a brief (400-600
word) discussion of the similarities and differences you found between
contemporary accounts of encounters with alien beings and the descriptions
of real encounters between “alien” societies in the first days of European
exploration of the Americas.
- Reflect on that comparison
– how does it help us understand how Natives and Europeans described those
early encounters between the Old
World and the New?
- Be sure to cite specific
examples from the works themselves to support your analysis.