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Courses, Fall 2016
IS 121 Introduction to American Indian Studies (Hans, Parrish)
Introduction to main concepts, methods, and theories in American Indian Studies, designed to provide a background for further studies. This course approaches American Indian Studies from a perspective grounded in the humanities
MoWeFr 9:00 am-9:50 am with Jaynie Parrish
MoWeFr 10:00 am -10:50 am with Jaynie Parrish
TuTh 9:30 am-10:45 am with Dr. Birgit Hans
IS 346 American Indian Women (Hans)
This course is designed to look at the many contributions of American Indian women through history. There will be special emphasis on the challenges that tribal women face today – social, economic, intergenerational problems, among others. At the same time, the course will also provide a historical overview of the roles of women in traditional tribal cultures, the place given them in oral traditions (especially in origin stories), and their and their mixed-blood children’s importance in the fur trade.
TuTh 2:00 pm-3:15 pm
IS 348 Beyond the Reservation: Nation Building, Organizing, and Action (Parrish)
This course will help students understand practical and theoretical works of legal, political, and social forces that help shape the lives and futures of Indigenous people across the U.S. and Canada.
We will start with questions: What I am called to do? What is my community called to do? What we are called to do?
These questions guide people who are looking to serve their community. Many individuals are taking initiatives to transform Native communities for the better. Tribal members and non-tribal members are taking on the work of language and culture revitalization, health and wellness, environmental protection, and ensuring culturally based and relevant curriculum is included in our nations’ school systems. We can use the practice of organizing to engage others in confronting major public challenges by empowering others and translating values into action, and or political will to mobilize.
MoWeFr 2:00 pm-2:50 pm
IS 360 Oral Traditions in Native American Cultures (Hans)
As late as the first half of the twentieth century people predicted that the oral traditions of Native American cultures would disappear. However, oral traditions are as strong today as ever before. This course intends to introduce students to the complexities and richness as well as the conventions of different oral traditions. The collecting process and the ethics associated with collecting will also be major themes of the course.
TuTh 11:00 am- 12:15 pm