The Rights of Native Peoples (e.g., American Indians)

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12:30-2:30 p.m. 8-week course begins 3/9 

European settlers in the Americas decimated and dispossessed native peoples who had been here for thousands of years and ravaged their traditional lifeways—a vast, irreversible tragedy. Yet, surviving natives continue to enact meaningful lifeways that express their traditions and enable cultural endurance and revitalization. This course asks: For natives and settlers, sharing a tortured history and now inescapably citizens of one nation, “What is desirable?” “What is possible?” We will look at two case studies. Suggested Books: David Treuer, Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life, ISBN 978-0802120823 and Anastasia M. Shkilnyk, A Poison Stronger Than Love: The Destruction of an Ojibwa Community, ISBN 978-0300033257.

Steve Piker is an anthropologist who taught 44 years at Swarthmore College, did field work in Thailand, and studied religious conversion in the U.S. He’s taught at three senior colleges. MSC.