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

Summer 2009

AMS f321 • 1-Indians of the American Soutwest

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
81140 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
eps 1.128

Course Description

This course considers the cultures and histories of the indigenous peoples of the American Southwest from a variety of perspectives. We focus in particular upon Zunis, Papagos, Navajos, Western Apaches, and contemporary Native American literature. The issues to be discussed include language and culture, land and religion, gender and social roles, colonization and resistance, cultural continuity and change, expressive culture, and representation and interpretation. Readings are primarily ethnographies, but include archeological, historical, linguistic, ethnomusicological, and literary works as well.


Possible Texts: Keith H. Basso, Western Apache Language and Culture: Essays in Linguistic Anthropology Charlotte J. Frisbie, ed., Southwestern Indian Ritual Drama Gladys Reichard, Spider Woman Will Roscoe, The Zuni Man-Woman Barbara Tedlock, The Beautiful and the Dangerous: Dialogues with the Zuni Indians Ruth M. Underhill, Papago Woman Anna Lee Walters, ed., Neon Powwow: New Native American Voices of the Southwest Richard White, Roots of Dependency: Subsistence, Environment, and Social Change among the Choctaws, Pawnees, and Navajos M. Jane Young, Signs from the Ancestors: Zuni Cultural Symbolism and Perceptions of Rock Art Map Packet


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