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American Indian Studies Courses: Spring 2007

AIS 101: Introduction to American Indian Studies II Contemporary Issues in Indigenous North America Instructor: Prof. Troy Richardson

MW: 11:15–12:05

This course provides an interdisciplinary focus upon issues in contemporary American Indian communities. Lectures and discussion sections will survey key moments in policy and law that (1) created the conditions for American and Canadian settlement; (2) reformulated traditional Indian governance and culture; and (3) created the dynamic interplay between American Indian Peoples and Nations with each other and with the state. This course will emphasize Indian sovereignty, nationhood, agency, and conditions of entanglement that formulated strategies of not only of American and Canadian settlement, but also resistance, dignity and autonomy for contemporary American Indian Peoples and Nations. Course materials will be drawn from the humanities, social science and expressive arts. 

AIS 235: Archaeology of North America

Instructor: Prof. Kurt Jordan
MWF: 2:30-3:20

This introductory course surveys archaeology's contributions to the study of American Indian cultural diversity and change in North America north of Mexico. Lectures and readings will examine topics ranging from the debate over when the continent was first inhabited to present-day conflicts between Native Americans and archaeologists over excavation and the interpretation of the past. We will review important archaeological sites such as Chaco Canyon, Cahokia, Lamoka Lake, and the Little Bighorn battlefield. A principal focus will be on major transformations in life ways such as the adoption of agriculture, the development of political-economic hierarchies, and the disruptions that accompanied the arrival of Europeans to the continent. 

AIS 340: Contested Terrain: Hawaii (Not offered on Cornell University Campus)

MWF 11:15–12:05

This course draws from the fields of history, political science, and sociology to present an historical understanding of contemporary Hawaiian society. Topics include Western contact, establishment of Western institutions, overthrow of a sovereign government, annexation, integration into the United States. Direct experience with Hawaiian leaders and institutions are incorporated to address contemporary issues: sovereignty, economic development/dependency, social change, and land use as a sociopolitical and cultural struggle.

AIS 460: Field & Analytical Arkeo Methods      

Instructor: Prof. Kurt Jordan
TR: 10:10–11:25 AM

This course uses historic-period American Indian sites in the Finger Lakes region to provide a hands-on instruction in archaeological field, laboratory, and analytical methods. Students will analyze museum artifacts and engage in field survey and excavation. Readings treat field and laboratory methodology, research design, culture history, and material culture typologies.                                                                                                                                                     

AIS 475: Govt/ Citizen/ Indigenous Polt. Theory

Instructor: Prof. Audra Simpson
R: 2:39-4:25

This seminar explores the ways in which Indigenous peoples have theorized, deployed, critiqued notions of “nationhood”, “citizenship” and “sovereignty”, in order to articulate and claim rights to territory, to jurisdiction, and to the past. We examine the literature of anthropology, political theory and Native American Studies in order to examine the ways in which Indigenous Peoples have maintained and constructed their own modes of governance and mobilize politically. This course is comparative in scope, literature and cases will be drawn from various sites but will dwell largely within Native North America.

AIS 497: Independent Study

Topic and credit hours to be mutually arranged between faculty and student. Independent Study Forms must be approved by American Indian Program Office.

AIS 601: AIS Proseminar

Graduate level course that will introduce students to on-going research in the field of American Indian Studies in proseminar / colloque format. Advanced graduate students are expected to present their work in progress and all are expected to attend all seminars and provide presenters with critical and constructive commentary on papers.

AIS 701: Individual Study in American Indian

Topic and credit hours to be mutually arranged between faculty and student. Independent Study Forms must be approved by American Indian Program Office