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American Indian Studies Courses: Fall 2012/Spring 2013

AIS 1110 Introduction to American Indian Studies II: Contemporary Issues in Indigenous North America        

Instructor: Prof. Troy Richardson
MW   11:15am-12:05pm

Interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary issues in American Indian country north of Mexico after 1890. Examines Indian sovereignty, nationhood, agency, and engagement through time using the perspective of American Indian studies. Course materials are drawn from the humanities, social science, and expressive arts. 

AIS 2660  Everything You Know About Indians is Wrong: Unlearning Native American History              

Instructor: Prof. Jon Parmenter
MWF      12:20-2:15pm

One thing many Americans think they know is their Indians: Pocahontas, the First Thanksgiving, fighting cowboys, reservation poverty, and casino riches. Under our very noses, however, Native American history has evolved into one of the most exciting, dynamic, and contentious fields of inquiry into America's past. It is now safer to assume, as Comanche historian Paul Chaat Smith has pointed out, that everything you know about Indians is in fact wrong. Most people have much to "unlearn" about Native American history before true learning can take place. This course aims to achieve that end by (re)introducing students to key themes and trends in the history of North America's indigenous nations. Employing an issues-oriented approach, the course stresses the ongoing complexity of Native American societies' engagements with varieties of settler colonialism since 1492 and dedicates itself to a concerted program of myth-busting. As such, the course will provide numerous opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking and reading skills.

AIS 6000   Critical Approaches to American Indian Studies

Instructor: Prof. Jolene Rickard
T 1:25-4:25

An interdisciplinary survey of the literature in Native American Studies. Readings engage themes of indigeneity, coloniality, power, and "resistance." The syllabus is formed from some "classic" and canonical works in Native American Studies but also requires an engagement with marginal writings and theoretical and historical contributions from scholars in other disciplines. 

ENG  4670 Contemporary U.S. American Indian Poetry

Instructor: Prof. Eric Cheyfitz
R 12:20-2:15

In the United States, contemporary American Indian poetry is exemplary for its combination of formal innovation and acute social vision, the result in part of Indian peoples having resisted and survived an historic genocide. Locating this poetry in the vital energy of distinctive cultural contexts, while understanding it as well as part of the ongoing history of Indian/European conflict in the Americas, this course will analyze the work of Native poets from a list that includes: Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur D’Alene), Santee Frazier (Cherokee), Diane Glancy (Cherokee), Joy Harjo (Muscogee), Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), Adrian C. Louis (Lovelock Paiute), Simon Ortiz (Acoma), Wendy Rose (Hopi/Miwok), Luci Tapahonso (DinĂ©), James Welch (Blackfeet), and Orlando White (DinĂ©).

AIS 6970   Independent Study

Instructor: Staff