Folklore | Ethnography of/as Colonialism
F755 | 25821 | Shorter

Meets with G751.  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 indigenous religiosity. 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. Students will be expected to
complete weekly response papers, three in-class presentations, and
one final paper.