Horizon: Where Land Meets Sky

Horizon: Where Land Meets Sky
Winter, Spring 1999
Faculty: Llyn De Danaan, Marilyn Frasca

This program will accept students who are of Junior or Senior standing with at least one quarter's experience as an Evergreen student. We will not accept freshman or sophomore level students or students interested in part-time work. (However any student may enroll in the 4 credit module "Stars, Sky and Culture" offered by faculty member Llyn De Danaan on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.) 

For two quarters we will study sky, land and the place where the two meet. The study is anthropological, historical and creative. Together we will read texts that describe the way in which people of many cultures have used the horizon line to create place, time, season and a romance between the celestial and the terrestrial in art, poetry and the imagination. Workshops and the program module "Stars, Sky and Culture" will aid us in understanding how the horizon line creates points along which constellations, planets, the sun and the moon appear to rise and set and how image makers have marked and celebrated these points. During Winter quarter we will also build skills in drawing, research methodology and journal writing. We will examine primal myths created by ourselves and others and complete a project which interprets, analyzes or creates an origin myth. 

Spring quarter will focus on site specific studies, field trips and final project work. Visiting lecturers, workshops and seminars will develop program themes. We hope to study on site in Northern New Mexico where we will give attention to Pueblo ancestral cultures as a part of our group research. (Students who are unable to participate in the three week field trip will be encouraged to design an alternative study for faculty approval.) 

Credit awarded in Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Pre-historic Southwest United States, Drawing, Literature and Research Methods. 

Total: 16 credits Winter, 16 credits Spring (Winter credits include required module "Stars, Sky and Culture". No other courses allowed.)