American Studies | Seminar in American Studies / Topic: Ethnography of/as Colonialism
G751 | 14136 | David Delgado Shorter


(4 cr. hrs.)
Jointly offered with FOLK-F755
Beginning with the 1550 debates over “Indian” humanity, and ranging
to contemporary scholarship about and by Indigenous peoples, this
course takes as its focus the intersections of writing, colonialism,
violence, and historiography in the Americas.  Students will explore
the relationship between 16th century reasoning about race and post-
millennial, Western, academic practices of writing history. The
course will challenge students to develop a critical stance on the
utility of post-colonial theories as such perspectives come to bear
upon anthropological and historical studies of Native American
religions.  Some of the regions considered include southwest
Columbia, the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela, the Valley of Mexico and
several examples throughout the U.S. southwest, plains, and
northeast.