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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2009

AMS 321 • Native Americans in the Plains-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29325 MWF
9:30 AM-10:00 AM
eps 2.136

Course Description

From the middle 18th century through the late 19th century the Great Plains region underwent drastic changes in terms of the environment, demography, and cultural diversity. The rapid influx of various groups of people into the Plains, from Native American groups to European settlers, made the Plains the ultimate theater to rehearse short-term strategies and long-term policies. This course will survey the ethnohistory of some of the most influential Native groups on the Plains from the arrival of the Spanish through the reservation period. We will explore the relationships and interaction between European settlers and Native groups, as well as the outcome of some scientific expeditions and military campaigns. In this course, we will adopt a long-term perspective to make sense of the development of European policies and movements, the changing configurations among Native groups, and the pivotal importance of resources such as the buffalo, the horse, and the gun. We will also look at specific events and historical figures, such as Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and General Custer, whose actions become symbolic of a turbulent historical period.

Grading Policy

Map test: 10 points Book Report (typed, double-spaced and 3 to 5 pages in length): 15 points Text-Image Group Project: (typed, double-spaced, 5 to 10 pages in length): 20 points Term Research Paper (typed, double-spaced and 10 pages in length): 25 points Class participation and quizzes: 30 points


Possible Texts Ambrose, Stephen E., Crazy Horse And Custer (paperback edition) Calloway, Colin G., (editor) Our Hearts Fell to the Ground Fletcher Alice C. and Francis La Flesche, The Omaha v. I and II (paperback edition 1992) Lowie, Robert H., Indians of the Plains (1982 edition) Course Packet: Abel's Copies located on 715-D W. 23rd Street., (512)-472-5353.


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