What would it mean to locate indigenous women and their stories at the heart of American history? This advanced junior seminar course answers this question by centering the lives of indigenous women from the pre-colonial period through the present. We will discuss both the historical importance of these women’s lives, as well as the methodological and ethical concerns that arise through the historiographic recovery of their stories. We analyze both canonical figures–such as La Malinche, Pocahontas, and Sakakawea–as well as lesser known historical actors, political leaders, writers, and artists.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
engaged class participation, weekly reading responses, extended research project (2-page proposal, 5-page annotated bibliography, 15-page final paper and presentation)
American Studies, History, and Women's Studies, Gender and Sexuality majors
Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
With substantial focus on students' development of independent research papers, this course satisfies the Writing Skills requirement.
We examine the lives of indigenous women in the Americas across a span of more than 500 years, asking how and why we come to know these stories through archival records, oral histories, popular culture, and autobiographies. By analyzing the interwoven forces of gender, indigeneity, race, and colonization through both primary documents and secondary scholarship, we will work together to cultivate skills of critical inquiry and better understand the role of power in shaping historical narratives.
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
HIST Group G Electives - Global History