Dr. Robin L. Smith email@example.com
Office: HSS 209
Office Hours: M-R 1200-1330
and by appointment
|Note: If you have a disability that might require assistance or accomodations for any aspect of this course, please stop by my office during the first week of class and speak with me. You may also contact the Office of Disability Services, at 838-8250 V/TTY, for information about accessibility and accomodations.|
All readings for this class will be posted on WOU online or designated in time for students to obtain books via Summit or purchase. No books ordered through the bookstore.
1. SEMINAR PAPERS: 50%
In a seminar each member of the class bears responsibility for contributing to the learning of every other member. Preparation and attendance are essential. BRING TO EACH CLASS your seminar paper for the assigned reading. This should be 1-2+ pages in length and include both a brief overview of each author's main points and a clear and compelling statement of the issues you wish to explore in discussion of each. This may be a question, a connection to another reading, an alternate interpretation, a parallel to current events, or...just about anything beyond simply agreeing with the author. An excellent strategy is to choose a quotation for discussion.
NOTE: You will frequently read your seminar paper to the class, or read each others. Personal experiences and beliefs are entirely appropriate but please do not include confidential information.
Resolve to share your thoughts and respond to others' ideas at each meeting. Listening to colleagues is important, but this is NOT a course for lurkers. Seminar papers are collected each time. Please do not ask to submit early or late; you must be present and share your ideas in order to submit a seminar paper..
There are 18 meetings with assigned readings during the 10 weeks of the course. You are may take 2 "personal days" off -- either missing class altogether or omitting the seminar paper.
2. RESEARCH PAPER: 40% (20% process, 20% product)
The research paper will be an original study (8-12 pages), conducted during winter term 2007 for this class, of a topic you propose and discuss with me; more detailed instructions on content and format are provided separately. To earn credit for process, comply with deadlines in the schedule by submitting each requested product on time, typed, and edited.
3. PRESENTATION: 10%
Each seminar member will present results of their individual research project during the final exam period. You MUST attend others' presentations to receive credit for your own.
Note that there are no "examinations." Instead, performance in this class is evaluated each time we meet.
Grades are assigned according using the following scale: A = 93-100, A- = 90-92; B+ = 87-89; B = 83-86; B- = 80-82; C+ = 77-79; C = 73-76; C- = 70-72; D+ = 67-69; D = 63-66; D- = 60-62; < 60 = F.
Academic Culture Notes:
|Week 1 INTRODUCTIONS|
|Tuesday January 6||Please read the Paper Guide.|
|Thursday January 8||
James A. Brown: America Before Columbus
|Week 2 EARLY ENCOUNTERS|
|Tuesday January 13||
|Thursday January 15||
James Axtell: Through Another Glass Darkly
|Week 3 EIGHTEENTH CENTURY LEGAL PRECEDENTS|
|Tuesday January 20||Eric R. Wolf: The Fur Trade
Sylvia Van Kirk: From "Marrying-in" to "Marrying-out:"
Laura Peers 1999. 'Many tender ties'
|Thursday January 22||Charles F. Wilkinson: Indian Tribes
and the American Constitution
Rennard Strickland: As You Will: Through the Looking Glass of Indian Law and Policy, or the Challenges of Painting on an Unfinished Canvas.
Paper topic due.
|Week 4 NINETEENTH CENTURY--CONTAINMENT AND ASSIMILATION|
|Tuesday January 27||
Theda Perdue: The Trail of Tears: Removal of the Southern Indians
Thursday February 29
| William T. Hagan: How the West Was Lost;
Last Stand at Little Bighorn; discussion.
|Week 5 LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY LOSSES|
|Tuesday February 3||
Frederick E. Hoxie: The Curious Story of Reformers and the American Indians
|Thursday February 5||Where the Spirit Lives|
|Week 6 TWENTIETH CENTURY STRUGGLES AND TRIUMPHS|
|Tuesday February 10||Russel Lawrence Barsh: War and the Reconfiguring of American
|Thursday February 12||Richard West, Jr.
and Kevin Gover: The Struggle for Indian Civil Rights
Alcatraz is not an Island
Working title, thesis, outline, references due today.
|Week 7 POLITICS AND CULTURE|
Tuesday February 17
Stop by this week:
pick up outline, etc., discuss research.
|Thursday February 19||
Smith, Andrea 2005. Native American Feminism, Sovereignty, and Social
|Week 8 TAKING CARE OF OUR HOME|
|Tuesday February 24||LaDuke White Earth: A Lifeway in the Forest
Mino-Bimadiziwin: The Good Life; discussion
|Thursday February 26||
LaDuke 49-96 Nitassinan: The Hunter and the
|Week 9 ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURE|
|Tuesday March 3||Charles Wilkinson: Home Dance, the Hopi,
and Black Mesa Coal
Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action
|Thursday March 5||Alvin Josephy The Great Northwest Fishing
War; Lighting the Seventh Fire; discussion.
Two copies of rough draft of paper due in class today. Take home and edit a colleague's paper.
|Week 10 THINKING OF GENERATIONS TO COME|
|Tuesday March 10||Return edited rough draft of colleague's paper. Redskins, Tricksters, and Puppy Stew; discussion.|
|Thursday March 12||Final paper due Friday March 16 by 5 PM. Skins; discussion.|
|Exam Week RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS|
|Thursday March 19|| 1200 - 1350. Please be on time!
There are no early, late or make-up finals in this course. Please plan accordingly.