Spring Courses in American Indian Studies

There is an exciting bunch of classes scheduled for spring in American Indian Studies! All of these courses are open to all students, and those at the 200 level are especially appropriate for students without previous coursework in American Indian Studies.

AIS 202: Introduction to American Indian Contemporary and Social Issues

Instructor: Stephanie Fryberg

MW 10:30 – 12:20 with Friday sections

Introduction to American Indian/Alaska Natives contemporary and social issues. Topics will include identification, demographics, government relations, treaty and water rights, Indian gaming, and treaty law.

I&S. DIV. 5 credits. This course satisfies an AIS Introductory requirement.

AIS 203: Introduction to Indigenous Knowledges

Instructor: Roger Fernandes

MW 3:30 – 5:20

Introduction to Indigenous peoples’ diverse and complementary ways of knowing in tribally and culturally specific contexts. Topics may include ecological knowledges, artistic knowledges, linguistic knowledges, medicinal knowledges, and Indigenous value systems as expressed in individual and communal contexts. Discussions of Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies. Instruction in contemporary Indigenous research practices.

I&S. 5 credits. This course satisfies an AIS Introductory requirement.

AIS 210: Inconvenient Indians and the “American Problem”: American Indian History since 1815

TuTh 11:00 – 12:20 with Friday sections

As part of a two-quarter survey of American Indian history, this course examines the histories of indigenous peoples of North American from the nineteenth century to today. Students will explore a range of topics, including settler colonialism, indigenous power, American Indian – US relations, and Native governance and activism. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 210.

I&S, DIV. 5 credits.

AIS 275: Bringing Back the Wealth: Indigenizing the Campus

Instructor: Cynthia Updegrave

TuTh 3:30 – 5:20

If landscape is memory, and time is living, how might we think about the richness of the environs of the university campus? What can it teach us, and how might we begin to bring back the wealth of the abundant land?

This course is welcoming to all disciplines and backgrounds, and created to engage multiple perspectives in dialogue. wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, the Intellectual House, is more than a building on campus: it is the living breath of teachings situated within a rich complex of relationships to the land of the campus. The many types of cultural activities now taking place at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ provide us with an opportunity to re-imagine the natural environment of the campus, and frame the restoration of cultural resources in terms of relationships.

I&S. 5 credits. NW credit will be available to all students who contact native@uw.edu.

AIS 340: American Indian Children and Families

Instructor: Dian Million

MW 11:30 – 1:20

Cross-cultural survey of Indian child rearing, family structure, and related social issues. Includes historical changes in family structure, value orientation and adaptation to a bicultural environment, education, child welfare, health problems, and aging.

I&S, DIV. 5 credits.

AIS 379: Powwow: Tradition and Innovation

Instructor: Scott Pinkham

MW 11:30 – 1:20

Explores the historical and cultural roots of powwow. Discusses the ways this indigenous Native art form has adapted since prehistoric times.

I&S/VLPA, DIV. 5 credits.

AIS 441: Gender in Native American Societies

Instructor: Dian Million

MW 2:30 – 4:20

Examines gender roles, identity, and relations in Native American pre- and post-contact societies. Analyzes how contact with European gender customs influenced and altered traditional gender practices, especially in regard to women’s social position and the roles of the third/fourth genders in Native American communities.

I&S, DIV. 5 credits.

AIS 443: Indigenous Films, Sovereign Visions

Instructor: Dan Hart

TuTh 2:30 – 4:20

Cultural examination of images of Native people in cinema and popular culture based on social science writings and films by or about Natives in the United States and Canada. Offered: jointly with GWSS 442.

I&S/VLPA, DIV. 5 credits.

AIS 480: Indigenous Resistance Movements in the United States, Canada, and Mexico

(NOTE: Currently appears in time schedule as AIS 475 but will be changed)

Instructor: Charlotte Cote

TuTh 1:30 – 3:20

This course examines Indigenous resistance and resurgence movements in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. We will explore the political and social contexts in which these movements arose, utilizing the following themes to frame our analysis: colonialism and treaty, land and water rights; political mobilization, activism and cultural resurgence; food sovereignty and sustainable self-determination; the UNDRIP and Indigenous rights; environmental justice and Idle No More; and “Water Is Life” and the NoDAPL movement.

I&S. 5 credits.


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