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

Fall 2009

ANT 391 • The Politics and Conditions of Indigeneity

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Course Description

This course explores the history, politics and ongoing conditions of indigenous people throughout the world. One organizing theme of the course will be the ongoing relationships between indigenous people and their respective settler-states, relationships that have been characterized by equal parts continuity and change. Though our primary focus will be on indigenous peoples in the Americas, including the United States, Canada and Latin America, we will also compare these experiences with those of Native people in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Our goal is to understand how indigeneity, as both a theoretical concept and a lived experience, intersects with ideas about sovereignty, citizenship, race, culture, nationalism, post-colonialism and authenticity. Students will be exposed to a range of "voices," including native and non-Native artists, scholars and activists. Course content will engage classic and recent theory, but readings will be largely ethnographic. They will cover key issues and topics critical to indigenous communities, including defining the indigenous and the Fourth World; comparative histories of colonialism; the various forms of legal inclusion and exclusion in the polities of indigenous people and their settler states; the relationship between sovereignty and citizenship; the politics of indigenous political recognition and identification; the image of the “native other” as it is appropriated and understood by settler-states; and, finally, global repatriation and human rights discourses as they relate to native people.


Possible Required Readings Books --Kay Warren and Jean Jackson: Indigenous Movements, Self-Representation and the State in Latin America -- Tiya Miles: Ties that Bind: the Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom Tiya Miles -- Michael F. Brown: Who Owns Native Culture? -- Duncan Ivison, Paul Patton, and Will Sanders: Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples --David Hurst Thomas: Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archeology, and the Battle for Native American Identity -- Joanne Barker: Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination -- Ronald Niezen: The Origins of Indigenism: Human Rights and the Politics of Identity -- Elizabeth Povinelli: The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism -- Jessica Cattelino: High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming, Sovereignty, and the Social Meanings of Casino Wealth


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