Competing Narratives

Nicholas Vincent Tsawenhohi with Wampum Belt, 1825. Lone Dog Yanktonais Nakota Winter Count. Frances Densmore recording Mountain Chief, 1916. Pueblo Storyteller figure.
Nicholas Vincent Tsawenhohi with Wampum Belt, 1825. Lone Dog Yanktonais Nakota Winter Count. Frances Densmore recording Mountain Chief, 1916. Pueblo Storyteller figure.
Native American and Indigenous Studies Across Disciplines
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
NCAIS Summer Institute
Monday, July 8, 2013 to Friday, August 2, 2013
Led by Prof. Erin Debenport, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico and Dr. Scott Stevens, Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center

This four week summer institute will compare competing narratives as they relate to indigenous studies. How does the historiographic narrative interact and compete with traditional oral narratives for authority within the academy and in our communities? What do we learn by comparing the dynamics of literary narratives with those of traditional folklore? How do we construct the narrative elements of visual materials such as ledger art or wampum belts? The seminar will address the theoretical models produced by various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences in order to engage in comparative analyses. Students from across academic disciplines will engage works of autobiography, literature, history, anthropology, and visual studies among others. Our work will also allow participants to become familiar with the extraordinary resources of the Newberry Library.

Cost and registration information: 

To Apply

Each NCAIS institution is entitled to one slot to the summer institute, which will have a maximum of seventeen participants. The selection process of each member institution’s NCAIS Summer Institute participant is according to the individual program needs and existing protocols of the member institution. Housing will be provided for free and a maximum of $500 travel expenses will be reimbursed to all participants. Students will also receive $500 stipend. Students should apply directly to their NCAIS Faculty Liaison by April 1, 2013.