Departing from typical constructions of systems of communication and the notions of “literacy” at large, this seminar examines the relationship between Indigenous languages of the Americas and the politics of their writing before and after the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.
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?
This month-long seminar for graduate students in Indigenous studies will focus on questions of memory, history, and place-making, and in particular on the ways in which land and power are negotiated through commemorations, monuments, historical narratives, government policies, and other means by both Indigenous and settler peoples.
This co-taught course addresses current trends in the study of Native women by approaching the topic both historiographically and methodologically. First we will become familiar with the usefulness of gender as a category of analysis and how Native women have been situated in the scholarship on women and gender.
Teasing Indian Agency, Tribal Voice, and Persistence from the Record
Prof. Cary Miller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of History
Prof. David Beck, University of Montana, Department of Native American Studies
This interdisciplinary seminar will combine secondary readings and primary research with a general focus on the complex ways in which representations have figured in a variety of aspects of Native American Studies from popular imagery to American policy to self-representations. Students’ work will draw on a wide variety of materials, ranging from literary and historical to anthropological