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ERIC Number: ED211309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Apr-18
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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American Indian World View and the Outward Bound Concept: A Comparison.
Lev, Peter
To establish a philosophical meeting ground between Indians and white men, this document compares the Indian world view with the concept of Outward Bound. Part 1 points out the similarity between the Indian world view and the thinking behind the white man's interest in wilderness experience as a character builder, and compares the Outward Bound concept with the Indian world view. Part 2 describes North American Indian ceremonial observances and the universal Indian practice of the vision quest, a vigil in which the individual could go alone with few essentials to a mountain top or isolated place for several days of "lamenting." There is also a discussion of the social patterns of various tribes and the cultural difficulties Indians encounter in adapting to various aspects of American Life. Part 3 connects the thinking of early airplane pilots and mountaineers with the philosophy of Outward Bound. Following a description of the content of Outward Bound programs, similarities between Outward Bound activities and Indian habits and rationale are discussed. A comparison is made between Outward Bound's "Solo" experience and the Indian ritual of the vision quest. (CM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A