Indigenous Middletown: Native Histories of the Wangunk Indian People
Fall 2018 not offered
Students will be introduced to the new field of settler colonial studies, the rapidly transforming field of critical indigenous studies, along with Native American history and historiography addressing southern New England. Taking up a decolonizing methodological approach, the class will focus on the sparsely documented history of the Wangunk Indian Tribe, the indigenous people of the place we call "Middletown," also known as Mattabesett. The Wangunk people, part of the Algonquin cultural group, historically presided over both sides of the Connecticut River in present-day Middletown and Portland, while their traditional territory reached as far north as Wethersfield and Chatham. Although regarded as "extinct" by settlers in the aftermath of King Philip's War, 1675-1678, the Wangunk continue to live into the 21st century.
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|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Jean M. O'Brien, FIRSTING AND LASTING: WRITING INDIANS OUT OF EXISTENCE IN NEW ENGLAND
Amy Den Ouden, BEYOND CONQUEST: NATIVE PEOPLES AND THE STRUGGLE FOR HISTORY IN NEW ENGLAND
Linda Tuhiwai Smith, DECOLONIZING METHODOLOGIES: RESEARCH AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (2ND EDITION)
|Examinations and Assignments:
Students will be expected to visit select sites in Middletown and take part in a class field trip scheduled on a Friday or Saturday (pending funding).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
There will be two 5-page papers, a mid-term assignment, and a final research paper related to developing a course wikipedia entry. Students are also expected to post feedback related to the course readings, films, and guest speakers on the class Moodle.
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