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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