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Collecting Native America: Cultural and Literary Perspectives
AMST 352
Fall 2010 not offered

This course will explore Native American studies through the lens of collecting, broadly conceived. It will address collecting as a form of cultural appropriation and consumption as it relates to colonialism, power, and the politics of identity and difference. How is the appropriation of stories, sacred objects, knowledge, cultural expressions, images, land, even ancestral remains, related to colonialism and structures of power? And in what ways is this resisted and subverted by Native American communities? How do museums, the art market, the tourist industry, and New Age spirituality markets commodify Native American cultures? To what degree does the commodification of culture shape and/or limit how forms of indigeneity can be articulated, enacted, and (for nonnatives) understood? We will explore sites of resistance to different forms cultural appropriation, both discursive and legal.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on JUN-18-2024
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