Folklore | Native American Visible Mythology
F352 | 5751 | Shorter

This course introduces students to the study of Native American
images and representations. The course focuses on selected
ethnographic, documentary, animated, and feature films, ranging from
1920 to 2003. In particular, within the context of Indigenous film
and video, this course explores the multiple definitions
of "mythology" as 1) fundamental histories and stories of a
particular people, 2) ancient explanations of a group's world view
and 3) the fictions and half-truths of one's ideology. Questioning
the themes of assimilation, historiography, contemporary politics and
religiosity, the students will be expected to watch and critically
respond to films on a weekly basis. Additionally, the students will
refer to a course reader which presents short articles pertaining to
film theory, the photographic image, Native American history, and
reviews/contentions of the films examined in class. Final evaluations
will reflect class participation in group discussions, weekly written
responses and written journals which will contain both personal
reflections and short essay assignments.  Fulfills COAS Arts &
Humanities, CSA