Folklore | Ethnography of/as Colonialism
F755 | 24818 | Shorter


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.
Students will be expected to complete brief, weekly response papers,
one in-class presentation, and one final paper.   Please note that
this course is "reading Intensive." Students will be expected to
read, critically, upwards of 200 pages between seminar format class
meetings.