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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Summer 2009

ANT f322M • Indians of the American Southwest

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
81230 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.


The following reading list is subject to change: Keith H. Basso, Western Apache Language and Culture: Essays in Linguistic Anthropology (University of Arizona Press, 1990). Charlotte J. Frisbie, ed., Southwestern Indian Ritual Drama (Waveland Press, 1980). Gladys Reichard, Spider Woman (University of New Mexico Press, 1997). Will Roscoe, The Zuni Man-Woman (University of New Mexico Press, 1991). Barbara Tedlock, The Beautiful and the Dangerous: Dialogues with the Zuni Indians (Penguin, 1993). Ruth M. Underhill, Papago Woman (Waveland Press, 1985). Anna Lee Walters, ed., Neon Powwow: New Native American Voices of the Southwest (Northland Publishing, 1993). Richard White, Roots of Dependency: Subsistence, Environment, and Social Change among the Choctaws, Pawnees, and Navajos (University of Nebraska Press, 1983). M. Jane Young, Signs from the Ancestors: Zuni Cultural Symbolism and Perceptions of Rock Art (University of New Mexico Press, 1988). Course Packet.


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