American Studies | Native American and Indigenous Cultures: Native Americans of the South
A275 | 21177 | Snyder
A275- Native American and Indigenous Cultures: Native Americans of
Professor Christina Snyder
The Native peoples of the American South descend from ethnically
diverse groups, and their cultural heritage includes matrilineal
kinship, dualistic gender roles, a long history of agriculture, and a
spiritual tradition focused on purity and order. Southern Indians
have been the focus of writings by Euro-American explorers,
missionaries, antiquarians, policymakers, and ethnographers.
Recently, they have been at the center of a flurry of scholarly
inquiry into Native politics, town life, and racial views. This
semester we will use diverse sources to explore the dynamic culture
of these Native people, while touching on broader themes and patterns
in Native and Indigenous Studies.
Our topics will include oral tradition, archaeology, gender,
spirituality, identity and race, the history and memory of Indian
removal, sovereignty and nation-making, and contemporary culture.
Class discussion is an important component of this reading-intensive
Students will be evaluated on class participation, exams, and essays.
**Fulfills Culture Studies Requirement