ENVI 353
North American Indian History: Pre-Contact to the Present Spring 2010
Division II
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In most renditions of North American history, Indian people only make cameo appearances as warriors or victims bound to disappear in the face of relentless Euro-American imperialism. All too often, the complexity and diversity of American Indian historical experiences and Indian peoples’ role in shaping the political, economic, and cultural history of the United States and Canada remain unexplored. In this course, we will examine the historical significance of North American Indian actions and experiences from the “pre-Columbian” era to the present. Our approach will be both chronological and thematic and will pay close attention to the methods scholars have used to reconstruct American Indian perspectives. Our themes will include: Indian resistance and adaptation to European colonial invasions and evangelizing efforts; diplomacy, warfare, and the evolution of North American geopolitics; the transformation of Euro-American and Indian material cultures; the construction and transformation of colonial and national identities; Indian responses to Euro-American uses and abuses of “Indianness;” and Indian resistance against U.S. and Canadian policies of assimilation and dispossession.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: none
Expected: 15-25
Class#: 3172
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a series of short analytical papers, and a choice between a final exam and a research paper
Prerequisites: none
Unit Notes: meets Group F and G requirements in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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