Contemporary American Indian Societies|
The purpose of this class is to investigate current American Indian societies through both written and visual materials. The class will begin by interrogating the stereotypes most often associated with American Indians with the goal of understanding how these are part of the continuing process of colonization. The course will also provide a historical context for understanding the challenges that American Indian nations face today. The last half of the class will be devoted to the processes of nation-building and associated economy-building happening in these societies in the 21st century.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to (1) critically interrogate the stereotypes associated American Indians; (2) discuss the history and current forces of settler colonialism in the United States; (3) discuss 21st-century American Indian processes of nation-building and economy-building.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Paul Chaat Smith, EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT INDIANS IS WRONG
Theda Perdue, NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION
Valerie Lambert, CHOCTAW NATION: A STORY OF AMERICAN INDIAN RESURGENCE
Jessica Cattelino, HIGH STAKES: FLORIDA SEMINOLE GAMING AND SOVEREIGNTY
Harvard Project, THE STATE OF NATIVE NATIONS
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In addition to the weekly readings, students will be required to post weekly on the course's webpage, take two exams, and give a presentation.
|Instructor(s): Lewis,Courtney Amber Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK404; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 7||JR major: 8|| || |
|Seats Available: 21||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 5||FR: X|
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