Anthropology | Representing Native Americans: Music, Film Literature
A208 | 28097 | Marshall


In this course, we will examine, in depth, artistic portrayals of
Native Americans through the genres of music, film, and literature.
By encountering these materials in their original form, students will
be asked to think critically about the ways that artistic portrayals,
some of them from before the 20th century, have helped to cement
several major stereotypes about Native Americans that persist today.
In this class we will explore music, film and literature spanning from
the early 19th century up to the present day.  We will analyze these
artistic works with an eye towards popular tropes about Native
Americans, such as the portrait of the “noble savage” the
“war-mongering people” the “doomed noble race” and Native Americans as
the “embodiment” of nature.  Finally, we will explore the ways
portrayals of Native Americans changed through the Red Power Movement
and rise of Native American Literature in the 1960s.  As the course
progresses, we will concurrently examine music, film and literature by
Native Americans and seek to understand how pre-existing
representational tropes are used, embodied and deconstructed by
contemporary Native composers, filmmakers and authors.