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Spring 2015:

UMASS AMHERST

Anthropology 297LD: Ojibwe Language and Culture 2

Howard Kimewon

M W F 11:15AM 12:05PM

Location TBA

3 credits

Satisfies Cultural Expressions area.

 

Anthropology 370/670: Contemporary Issues of Native American Indians

Jean Forward

Study and application of anthropological theory to contemporary problems of North American Indians in the Northeast, including an analysis of their environmental, economic, political, social, and religious variables involved in gaining a holistic perspective of contemporary indigenous problems. (Gen.Ed. U)   Anthropology 370 is the undergraduate component while Anthropology 670 is the graduate component; each course has different requirements but meets at the same time.

TH 2:30PM 5:15PM

Location TBA

3 credits

This course satisfies the Anthro 370/670 requirement for the program. Students must take this course for the Certificate Program.

 

History 393A: S- Native American Activism

Alice Nash

This course examines the ongoing struggles of indigenous communities in the Northeast with a focus on what we can learn from individuals who have been active during their own lifetimes (although not all of them accept the label of "activist"). We expand the popular image of Red Power with examples of indigenous activism from the 1600s to the present.  Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.

M W 2:30PM 3:45PM

Location TBA

3 credits

Satisfies Contemporary Issues area.

 

History 692D: S- Indigenous Peoples/Public History

Alice Nash

Museums, archives, monuments and commemorative events have long contributed to a master narrative in which indigenous peoples die out, disappear, or make room for progress. This seminar will examine past and present examples, and then take a look at how indigenous communities are re-claiming public history spaces at the local, regional and international level.  Open to Doctoral and Masters students only.

M 4:40PM 7:10PM

Location TBA

4 credits

Satisfies Contemporary Issues area.

 

English 116: Native American Literature

Ron Welburn

An introduction to the literatures of Native peoples of North America. Major and recent writers, and their narrative forms, considered in relation to oral and mnemonic traditions and in the larger context of "world literatures." (Gen.Ed. AL, U)

M W 4:00PM 5:15PM

Location TBA

3 credits

Satisfies Cultural Expressions area.

 

English 373: American Indian Literature

Laura Furlan

Study of oral and written literature by American Indian authors, with emphasis on the implications of region, tribal affiliation, and historical context. Authors, time period, and genre will vary.

TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM

Location TBA

3 credits

Satisfies Cultural Expressions area.

 

Stockbridge School of Agriculture 297F: Traditional Herbal Medicine Systems II

Nazim Mamedov

An examination of indigenous medicinal systems from around the world to understand the choices of herbal medicines used by traditional healers and the similarities and differences in the approach of treatments. Students will be exposed to a wise range of cultures including Ayurvedic, Chinese, African, Middle Eastern, European, Central Asian, Native American, and Amazonian. No prerequisites. PLSOILION 297C and D can be taken in any sequence.

W 4:00PM 5:15PM

Location TBA

1 credit

Satisfies Diversity area.

 

Theater 130: Contemporary Playwrights of Color

Priscilla Page

Theater movements of Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans, and the body of literature by contemporary playwrights of color within a historical context. (Gen.Ed. AL, U)

TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM

Location TBA

4 credits

Satisfies Cultural Expressions area.

 

Geography 450: Indigenous Peoples and Conservation

Stan Stevens

Indigenous peoples' contributions to biodiversity conservation, issues raised by establishment of national parks on indigenous lands, and approaches linking conservation and rights. Global emphasis, with special attention to the Americas.

TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM

Location TBA

3 credits

Satisfies Contemporary Issues area.

 

Natural Resources Conservation 579: Cree Culture, Natural Resources and Sustainability

Paul Barten

Interdisciplinary course combines reading and group discussions, a winter camping trip with a Cree family in northern Quebec, and an individual term project to explore Cree culture, natural resources, and issues of sustainability, stewardship of the environment, and social justice.  Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students only.

M 5:30PM 7:30PM

Location TBA

3 credits

Satisfies Contemporary Issues and Cultural Expressions areas.

 

Spanish 396 QCH: Introduction to Quechua Language and Culture

Carlos Molina-Vital

Quechua language classes.  Instructor’s permission or Spanish 240 are prerequisites.  Contact cmolinavita@spanport.umass.edu for more information.

MWF 10:10-11:00

Location TBA

Satisfies Cultural Expressions area.

 

AMHERST COLLEGE

American Studies 201: Native American Life

Howard Kimewon

Through a focus on Native American traditional lifeways and the contemporary efforts by Native Peoples to revitalize these practices, students will learn to think critically about decolonization, the complexities of contemporary tribal economies and politics, and the complex ways that indigenous peoples globally are working to create sustainable futures for their communities. These key themes will be built upon and reinforced each week as students explore multiple aspects of Native American life, including food ways and plant medicines, residential/boarding schools, traditional spiritual practices, repatriation, and protection of sacred sites and heritage landscapes.  Through a series of weekly written response papers and collaborative projects students will consider how traditional ecological knowledge and other critical cultural information are transmitted through oral tradition and storytelling. They will also examine each topic through through scholarly writing from social sciences and humanities disciplines. Students will then be asked to integrate these forms of knowledge and consider how they complement each other, how and why they might differ from one another, and how best to address situations in which these diverse forms of knowledge conflict with each other. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the course material and the integration of knowledge through a mid-term and final exam. Throughout the semester, students will also learn through hands-on community engagement, including the construction of a birch bark canoe. During the last week of class we will be putting the canoe into the river -- a culmination of collaborative work and hands-on experience with revitalization of traditional knowledge and practices in a contemporary setting.  Key readings for the course include: The Island of the Anishinaabeg: Thunderers and Water Monsters in the Traditional Ojibwe Life-world by Theresa Smith, Our Knowledge is Not Primitive: Decolonizing Botanical Anishinaabe Teachings by Wendy Makoons Geniuz, and The Common Pot by Lisa Brooks. Students will also be assigned readings from a number of scholarly journals, including Ethnohistory, Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Journal of Language Teaching and Research, Transcultural Psychiatry, and the Journal of Ethnobiology.

TTH 08:30AM-09:50AM

Location TBA

4 credits

Satisfies Cultural Expressions area.

 

American Studies 322: History of Native Books

Kiara Vigil

This course examines the exciting intersection of critical fields of inquiry, including Native American History, American History, Book History, and Literary Studies. Students will immerse themselves in materials written by Native American authors from the seventeenth century to the present by doing archival research in the Kim-Wait/Pablo Eisenberg Collection at the College. Working in small groups and individually, students will be able to practice and hone research and writing skills. In particular, students will be expected to complete a semester-long research project based on books from the collection to produce new understandings about the significance of Native authorship, publishing, and writing practices as framed by their specific historical circumstances. In addition to producing a final research paper, students will work in research groups to create entries to curate their own digital exhibition as a class. This exhibition will also be accessible to the public to showcase what the class learned about Native book history. Students will spend an additional half hour each week in a required weekly meeting in the archives.

W 02:00PM-04:00PM

Location TBA

4 credits

Satisfies Cultural Expressions area.

 

Colloquium 239: Place of Memory

Lisa Brooks and Scott Anderson

In this Mellon Seminar, we will  focus on one particular place – New England – in one historical moment, King Philip’s War (1675-8). We will explore the intersections of colonial American and Native American histories, relationships of exchange, and the breakdown in reciprocal relations that led to violent conflict. While learning about the war as a whole, the seminar will  unravel multiple perspectives regarding the “end of the war.” Reviewing maps, documents, and place names, we will consider how “where” we stand impacts how we “see” the war and its “end.” Then, we will investigate whether the digital world might offer possibilities for presenting and representing these multiple points-of-view, considering how we might engage readers and researchers in multiple strands of inquiry through a rhizomatic, relational structure. This open-ended process of reading and writing, which lends itself to the web, is also reflective of Indigenous oral traditions, a key framework for our collaborative work.  Students will work with primary documents (manuscripts, print texts and maps), and consider the network of people and places that can extend from a single document. They will pursue active, engaged research in primary and secondary texts. However, they will also have the opportunity to engage with contemporary historians  and tribal communities who have studied this war closely. While assisting with research for the final chapter of an ongoing book project, students will also have the opportunity to design a website that will extend the life of the book beyond the printed page.  This course is part of a new model of tutorials at Amherst designed to enable students to engage in substantive research with faculty.

TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM

Location TBA

4 credits

Satisfies Cultural Expressions area.

 

MOUNT HOLYOKE

History 235: Native American History: Precontact – 1865

Christine DeLucia

This course surveys Native American history from ancient times through the U.S. Civil War, tracing the ways that tribal communities have shaped North America. Beginning with the diverse indigenous societies that inhabited the Americas millennia before Columbus's arrival, it discusses the cultural complexity of Native peoples, nations, and worldviews rooted in particular ecosystems and homelands. It moves through the early modern era of European scientific exploration and 'discovery' of a New World, and the pivotal violences of the 'Indian Wars' of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries.

TTH 10:00AM-11:15AM

Location TBA

4 credits

Satisfies Diversity area.

 

History 374: Early American/Indigenous History

Christine DeLucia

Material culture studies examine relationships between people and objects. Tangible artifacts like furniture, clothing, ceramics, tools, and buildings give insight into communties' identities, aspirations, and struggles. This course approaches early American and indigenous histories through objects, and considers how interdisciplinary methodologies can reveal alternative understandings of the past. The course traces changing theories and practices of preservation, curation, and display; shifting conceptions of 'heritage' among diverse peoples; and ethical challenges posed by Native American items held in museums.

W 01:15PM-04:05PM

Location TBA

4 credits

Satisfies Cultural Expressions and Diversity areas.

 

Environmental Studies 317: American Environmental History

Lauret Savoy

We explore the history of human-environment interactions in North America from precolonial times to the present from different cultural perspectives. How have such human activities as migration, colonization, and resource use depended on or modified the natural world? How have different cultural perceptions of and attitudes toward environment shifted through time and helped to reshape American landscapes? Case studies include ecological histories of Native America and Euro-America, slavery and land use, wilderness and conservation, and environmental racism and social justice. Our approach entails historical review of scientific studies, literature, visual records, and oral tradition.

M 01:15PM-04:05PM

Clapp Laboratory 327

4 credits

Satisfies Diversity area.

 

SMITH COLLEGE

Anthropology 237: Native South Americans

Elizabeth Klarich

Archaeology and ethnography are combined to survey the history and cultures of indigenous South America, from the earliest settlements to contemporary communities. Topics include early migration, cultural classifications, pre-Hispanic sociopolitical patterns, native cosmologies and ecological adaptations, challenges to cultural survival and indigenous mobilizations.

TTh 09:00-10:20

Location TBA

4 credits

Satisfies Diversity area.

 

American Studies 253: Native Literacies to 1880

Christen Mucher

This course explores the meaning and use of writing in many forms within Native communities in the Americas. We challenge the conventional understanding of writing by examining texts not usually considered as such - like hieroglyphic codices, wampum belts, khipu, and winter counts - alongside poetry, sermons, memoirs, and treaties. To facilitate this work, the course is arranged thematically by tribe, technology, or text, rather than chronology, allowing us to deepen our knowledge about the peoples and histories concerned each week. In addition, we immerse ourselves in current-day debates over language study, textual recovery, cultural heritage, and scholarly ethics. Prerequisite: a course in history, anthropology or American studies. (E)

TTh 03:00-04:50

Location TBA

4 credits

Satisfies Cultural Expressions area.

 

Spanish 246: Topics in Latin American Literature

Michelle Joffroy

Topics course. This course explores the social and cultural expression of Zapatismo from its initial revolutionary uprising in the Mexican indigenous borderlands of Chiapas on New Year’s Eve, 1994 through its present-day global vision of an alternative world model. Through close analysis of the movement’s diverse cultural media, including communiques, radio broadcasts, visual art, web blogs and storytelling, students examine the role of media arts and literary forms in Zapatismo’s cultural and political philosophies, as well as develop a broad understanding of Zapatismo’s influence in popular and indigenous social movements throughout Latin America and the global south. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN 220. Enrollment limited to 19.

TTh 10:30-11:50

Location TBA

4 credits

Satisfies Contemporary Issues area.

 

 

Fall 2014:


University of Massachusetts Amherst

Anthropology 220: Introduction to Native American Studies
Rae Gould
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Native Studies. Course content includes the indigenous peoples and cultures of North, South and Central America as well as contemporary cultural expressions, representations, political issues, repatriation and active persistence throughout the ongoing colonization of their homelands.
4 credits
TU TH 10:00-11:15
Satisfies Diversity Area.

Anthropology 270: North American Indians
Jean Forward
Survey of the indigenous people of America north of Mexico; their regional variations and adaptations, their relationship to each other, and the changes taking place in their lifeways. (Gen.Ed. SB, U)
4 credits
TU TH 2:30-3:45
Satisfies Diversity Area.

History 170: Indigenous Peoples of North America
Alice Nash
The diverse histories of indigenous peoples in North America from their origins to the present. Focus on indigenous perspectives, examining social, economic, and political issues experienced by indigenous peoples. Emphasis on diversity, continuity, change, and self-determination. (Gen.Ed. HS, U)
4 credits
M W 12:20PM 1:10PM plus linked lab
Satisfies Diversity Area.

English 341: Autobiography Studies: American Indian Autobiography
Laura M. Furlan
3 credits
MW 2:30-3:45
Satisfies Diversity Area.

English 791L: Contemporary American Indian Fiction
Laura M.Furlan
3 credits
W 4:00-6:00
Satisfies the Contemporary Issues Area or the Cultural Expressions Area.

English 116: Native American Literature
Ron Welburn
An introduction to the literatures of Native peoples of North America. Major and recent writers, and their narrative forms, considered in relation to oral and mnemonic traditions and in the larger context of "world literatures." (Gen.Ed. AL, U)
3 credits
TU TH 10:00-11:15
Satisfies Contemporary Issues Area and Cultural Expressions Area.

Afro-American Studies 296D: Independent Study: Native Film
Jena McLaurin
An introduction to Indigenous-created feature films, this course will combine the history of Native Americans and colonization in the United States with a film studies approach in order to give students a more complete understanding of the movies and short films the course will cover.
2 credits
Every other Monday beginning Monday, September 8th, 2014
Satisfies Cultural Expressions Area and Contemporary Issues Area.

Linguistics 391B: S-Indigenous Languages of North America
Margaret Speas
An introduction to North American language families with in-depth study of the unique grammatical properties of several languages within each family, and efforts of contemporary speakers to preserve, revitalize or restore their languages.
3 credits
MWF 10:10-11:00
Satisfies Diversity Area and Cultural Expressions Area.

Stockbridge School of Agriculture 297C: ST-Traditional Herbal Medicial Systems I
Nazim Mamedov
An examination of indigenous medicinal systems from around the world (including Ayurvedic, Chinese, African, Middle Eastern, European, Central Asian, Native American and Amazonian). Students will be exposed to the use of medicinal plants in different cultures around the globe. Companion course to PLSOILIN 297D. These courses can be taken in any sequence.
1 credit
W 4:00PM 5:15PM
Satisfies Diversity Area.

Geosciences 692C: S-New Paradigms in Conservation
Stanley Stevens
This graduate course focuses on the sea-change in international thinking about national parks and other protected areas since 2000. Reacting against both "protectionist" conservation based on exclusionary protected areas and early "community based" conservation and integrated development projects, the new paradigm endorsed by IUCN and the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity affirms rights-based conservation, greater diversity in protected area goals and governance arrangements, and recognition of Indigenous peoples' and local communities' conservation contributions, rights, and responsibilities. The resulting shift in policy and practice has profound, worldwide ramifications for biological and cultural diversity, conservation, and social justice. This course explores changing conceptualizations of protected areas, key policy shifts, and case studies of new approaches.
3 credits
TH 4:00PM 7:00PM
Satisfies Contemporary Issues Area.

Special Course: Independent Study, Abroad
Ecological Literacy through Learning Gardens and Amazonian Dark Earth in the Peruvian High Amazon
Frederique Apffel-Marglin
July 5th to July 31st, 2015
Sign up for Independent Study with Jean Forward, Anthropology Dept.
Satisfies Contemporary Issues Area, Diversity Area, and Cultural Expressions Area.

 

Amherst College

American Studies 111: Global Valley
Lisa Brooks
Drawing on a wide range of primary materials, and taking advantage of the ease of visiting the sites of many of the topics we study, this course offers an introduction to American Studies through an exploration of the Connecticut River Valley that stresses both the fascination of detailed local history and the economic, political, social, and cultural networks that tie this place to the world. Topics may include conflicts and accommodations between Native peoples and English settlers; changing uses of land and resources; 17th century witchcraft trials; the American Revolution and Shays rebellion; religious revivalism of the Great Awakening; abolitionist and other 19th century reform movements; tourism and the scenic including Thomas Cole’s famous painting of the oxbow; immigration, industrialization and deindustrialization, especially in the cities of Holyoke and Springfield; educational institutions and innovations; the cold war, the reach of the “military industrial complex” into local educational institutions, and “the bunker”; the sanctuary movement; feminist and gay activism; present environmental, mass incarceration, and other social equity issues; and of course, Emily Dickinson's poetry. 
4 credits
TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM
Satisfies Diversity Area.

American Studies 274: Native American Literature
Lisa Brooks
(Offered as ENGL 274 and  AMST 274.)  In 2013, Amherst College acquired one of the most comprehensive collections of Native American writing in the world–nearly 1,500 books ranging from contemporary fiction and poetry to sermons, political tracts, and tribal histories from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Through this course, we will actively engage the literature of this collection, researching Native American intellectual traditions, regional contexts, political debates, creative adaptation, and movements toward decolonization. Students will have the opportunity to make an original contribution to a digital archive and interact with visiting authors. We will begin with oral traditions and the 1772 sermon published by Mohegan author Samson Occom and end with a novel published in 2014.
4 credits
TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM
Satisfies Diversity Area.

American Studies 240: Rethinking Pocahontas
Kiara Vigil
From Longfellow’s Hiawatha and D.H. Lawrence’s Studies in Classic American Literature to Disney’s Pocahontas and James Cameron’s Avatar, representations of the indigenous as “Other” have greatly shaped cultural production in America as vehicles for defining the nation and the self. This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the broad field of Native American Studies, engaging a range of texts from law to policy to history and literature as well as music and aesthetics. Film and literary texts in particular will provide primary grounding for our inquiries. By keeping popular culture, representation, and the nature of historical narrative in mind, we will consider the often mutually constitutive relationship between American identity and Indian identity as we pose the following questions: How have imaginings of a national space and national culture by Americans been shaped by a history marked by conquest and reconciliation with indigenous peoples? And, how has the creation of a national American literary tradition often defined itself as both apart from and yet indebted to Native American cultural traditions? This course also considers how categories like race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and religion have contributed to discussions of citizenship and identity, and changed over time with particular attention to specific Native American individuals and tribal nations. Students will be able to design their own final research project that may focus on either a historically contingent or contemporary issue related to Native American people in the United States.
4 credits
TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM
Satisfies Cultural Expressions Area.

 

Mount Holyoke

Spanish 240VC: Visualizing Indigenous Cultures
Prerequisites: Spanish 212 or permission of instructor required
Tara Daly
Spain and Latin America may be oceans apart but they have been co-constructed as cultural spaces since the colonial period. In this class, we will trace the way indigenous peoples of the Americas were seen and represented by some of the earliest colonial-era writers, like Cristobal Colon and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. We will then move up to the 19th century to explore European travel writers' accounts of indigenous groups their representation in visual art, particularly landscape painting. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, we will interrogate Indigenismo and indigenous communities' use of new media - photography and video-- as tools of self-representation. The course will be conducted in Spanish.
4 credits
MW 11:00AM-12:15PM
Satisfies Cultural Expressions Area.

 

Smith College

History 260/Latin American Studies 260: Colonial Latin America 1492-1821
Ann Zulawski
The development of Latin American society during the period of Spanish and Portuguese rule. Social and cultural change in Native American societies as a result of colonialism. The contributions of Africans, Europeans and Native Americans to the new multi-ethnic societies that emerged during the three centuries of colonization and resistance. The study of sexuality, gender ideologies and the experiences of women are integral to the course and essential for understanding political power and cultural change in colonial Latin America.
4 credits
TTh 10:30-11:50
Satisfies Diversity Area.

 

 

Summer 2014:


UMass Amherst

Anthropology 208:  Human Ecology
DCPE Summer Session 2, 2014
Donna Moody
Anthropology 208 is designed to present an anthropological perspective on the way in which humans interact with their environment. Basic concepts will be presented through examining fundamental concepts about humans, the planet, ecology, adaptation, and culture. We will examine how humans, from the earliest ancestors to modern day, have adapted to and exploited the various global ecosystems. We will also briefly look at the effects of the ‘Columbian Exchange and colonization. This course carries the designation of Gen Ed: SB G (3 CR).

History 170: Indigenous Peoples of North America
Online Course
Alice Nash

 

 

 

 


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