Autumn courses in American Indian Studies: DIV, I&S, VLPA

AIS 102: Survey of American Indian Studies
5 credits I&S, DIV
TuTh 11:30 am – 1:20 pm
Instructor: Christopher Teuton
This course provides an introduction to American Indian and Indigenous Studies, a field of academic research and teaching grounded in  the interdisciplinary study of American Indian and Indigenous peoples with the collective goal of fostering individual and community wellness, political self-determination, cultural revitalization, and cross-cultural understanding.
AIS 360: American Indians in Cinema
5 credits VLPA/I&S, DIV
TuTh 10:30 am – 12:20 pm
Instructor TBA
Studies representations of American Indians in American films from 1900 to present. Examines the foundations of American Indian stereotypes and how Hollywood helped create and perpetuate those stereotypes. Activities include reading critical materials, and viewing, discussing, and writing critically about films by non-Native directors.

AIS 378: Contemporary American Indian Literature: A Northwest Focus
5 credits VLPA
MW 11:30 am – 1:20 pm
Instructor: Dian Million
Memory, land and the magic of language deeply intertwine with life in the Native communities of the Pacific North and Northwest. American Indian literature attends to a particular experience in North America. While contemporary American Indian literatures are not synonymous with any oral traditions that inform them, they honor those traditions.
Contemporary Native literatures have sprung up like new growth after a forest fire. While some of the featured writers draw from older traditions, others show extensive global influences and write exclusively for the text. We will read, discuss and analyze a variety of literatures from traditional oral storytelling transposed into written form to contemporary hybrid forms like spoken word, rap and hip-hop. We will contemplate, discuss and write about the issues of race, gender and nationalism that these writers grappled with as they created creative and critical space through their works.
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