Course Description: This course introduces students to the study of North American Indians in terms of a number of key issues. We are only aware of Native American cultures as such through a history of contact between Native and European colonizing societies. In this class we will focus on the complex dynamics of that encounter, drawing attention to the continuing cultural creativity of Native American people in the face of social change. Secondly, we will focus on ethnographies that provide us with examples of cultural difference and illustrate the importance of viewing Native cultures through the lens of cultural relativism. Finally, we will consider changing relationships between Native Americans and anthropologists.
Professor: M. Eleanor Nevins
Office: AB 503