HUM 240 : Native American Literature and Culture
Native American Lit/Culture
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Introduction to traditional oral and contemporary Native American texts with an emphasis on cultural contexts and continuity. Considers Native American works in their national, historical, cultural, geographical, political, and legal contexts.
1. Explain broad features of the history and experience of Native Americans in the United States and situate individual texts within that history.
2. Identify and analyze common and/or recurring themes in Native American literature and culture (such as generational conflict; the American Dream; cultural identity; the journey motif; accommodation and assimilation; conflict with dominant American culture and ethics; and/or media representations.)
3. Analyze and interpret Native American texts representing a range of geographical origins, cultural traditions, and experiences.
4. Apply disciplinary knowledge specific to the Humanities (including textual analysis and close-reading practices) to the treatment of events, issues, and/or ideas and Identify how that knowledge differs from the approach of another academic discipline.
5. Synthesize multiple viewpoints and perspectives—including one’s own—in order to critically analyze values, ethics, and other relevant topics within a range of human experience and expression.
Native American history and culture*
• Pre contact
• First contact
• Tribal histories
• Trail of Tears
• Indian Boarding Schools
• Urban Indians
Oral traditions and myths*
• Trickster tales
• Animal tales
• Cultural hero tales
• Origin emergence stories
Literature by Native American writers*
• Short stories
• Non-fiction texts (essays, memoirs, scholarship)
* Multimodal works by Native peoples (music, dance, film)
This course may require one of more books or textbooks.
This course may be assessed through quizzes on readings and videos, informal and formal writing projects, short essays, midterm exam, and final exam; may include discussion, research project, and in-class presentation.
General education/Related instruction lists
- Cultural Literacy
- Arts and Letters