03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR
Horizon Hall 1008
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Section Information for Spring 2023
This course is designed to introduce students to the histories of Indigenous peoples in the United States, from the nineteenth, and through the twenty-first centuries. We will focus on the diversity of experiences that different communities and individuals had throughout this period as well as the commonalities they had in dealings with the U.S. federal and state governments.
Art/Cultural Critic and all-around super-smart guy (who also happens to be Comanche), Paul Chaat Smith argues that “no reasonably sentient person of whatever background could seriously dispute the overwhelming evidence that Indians are at the very center of everything that happened in the Western Hemisphere (which, technically speaking, is half the world) over the past five centuries, and so that experience is at the heart of the history of everyone who lives here. That sounds like hyperbole, but actually it understates things. Contact between the two disconnected halves of the world five centuries ago changed the planet and created the world we live in today, so, really, the Indian experience is at the heart of, or pretty damn close to, the history of everybody, period.”
I tend to agree, so this is the jumping off point for our class this semester.
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