Introduction to Native American Studies: Paradoxes of Indigenous Life|
Fall 2022 not offered
What does it mean to be Native American today? The term Native American collapses many tribal nations into one category and describes Indigenous peoples within the United States as Native to a continent that existed long before it was called America. This course will look at various paradoxes of Indigenous life under settler colonialism through the approaches of Native American studies, an inherently multidisciplinary field drawing from history, anthropology, and critical and ethnic studies. Reading across classics of Native studies as well as contemporary research, we will unpack the various movements and moments when Indigenous peoples arose to the challenges of continuing their life ways in the United States, Canada, and beyond. How have Indigenous people navigated colonial judicial systems to defend their land? What is the relationship between Native and Black peoples under settler colonialism? In what ways are ancient Indigenous traditions also future-oriented? In addition to scholarly texts, we will also delve into various forms of Indigenous-produced media from film, music, and literature to explore the dynamic ways Indigenous peoples continue to assert claims to life and land.
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Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country, edited by Sharon Holland and Tiya Miles
Custer Died for Your Sins, by Vine Deloria Jr.
There, There by Tommy Orange
Other readings will include book chapters, scholarly articles, and news articles--these will be made available online. Required viewing includes the films Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World (2017) and Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993).
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One in-class presentation
Regular reading responses
Midterm written exam
Final project (can be essay or multimedia, must include written element)
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