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Part One:
Indigenism, Resurgence, and the Contemporary Global Condition of Indigenous Peoples

1. Tuesday, January 8 & Thursday, January 10

  • Tuesday: Overview of the course, its background, rationale, objectives and requirements
  • Thursday: Introductory Lecture: “Resurgent Indigenism”

Required Readings:

  1. [SISSONS] Ch. 1, Indigenism, pp. 7-35.

2. Tuesday, January 15

  • Review and discussion of key points in the required readings from last week and the ones listed below:

Required Readings:

  1. [HALL] Ch. 1, Globalization and Indigenous Survival, pp. 1-20.
  2. [MAAKA] Ch. 1, Indigenous Peoples (David Maybury-Lewis), pp. 17-29.

Optional Background Readings in course packs on Reserve:

  • Hughes, Lotte. 2003. The No-Nonsense Guide to Indigenous Peoples. London: New Internationalist & Verso Books. (Ch. 1, Overview, 10-28)
  • Field, Les. 1994. “Who are the Indians?” Latin American Research Review, 29 (3): 227–238.

First (very short) essay exam assigned on Tuesday, January 15, due on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at the start of class, in class. Worth 10% of the final grade.

Part Two:
Colonial Foundations and Legacies: Conquest, Exploitation, Eradication, Assimilation, Racism

3. Thursday, January 17

Sunday, January 20, 2013
• Deadline for withdrawal with tuition refund from winter-term courses
• Last day to add winter-term courses

4. Tuesday, January 22

  • Review and discussion of required readings.
  • Film: Part 2 of Rabbit-proof Fence (Australia, 2003)

Required Readings:

  1. [MAAKA] Ch. 2, Trade, Slavery, Colonialism (Grant McCall), pp. 30-44.
  2. [MAAKA] Ch. 3, The Ecology of Ainu Autonomy and Dependence (Brett L. Walker), pp. 45-71.
  3. [MAAKA] Ch. 4, Hawai’I Under Non-Hawaiian Rule (Michael Kioni Dudley & Keoni Kealoha Agard), pp. 72-90

5. Thursday, January 24

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Reminder: Essay #1 is due today at the start of class, in class. Worth 10% of the final grade.

6. Tuesday, January 29

  • Review and discussion of required readings:

Required Readings:

  1. [MAAKA] Ch. 6, Extract from A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas, 1492 to the Present (Russell Means), p. 115.
  2. [MAAKA] Ch. 7, Settling In: Epidemics and Conquest to the End of the First Century (Noble David Cook), pp. 116-124.
  3. [MAAKA] Ch. 8, Confronting Australian Genocide (Colin Tatz), pp. 125-140.
  4. [MAAKA] Ch. 10, The Guaraní: The Economics of Ethnocide (Richard H. Robbins), pp. 150-157.

Optional Background Readings in course packs on Reserve:

  • McDonnell, Janet A. 1991. The Dispossession of the American Indian 1887-1934. Bloomington and Indianapolis: IndianaUniversity Press. (Ch. 1, Introduction, 1-18)
  • Lawrence, Bonita. 2004. “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood. Vancouver: UBC Press. (Ch. 1, From Sovereign Nations to “A Vanishing Race,” 25-44)

7. Thursday, January 31

  • In place of a lecture, we will review the central ideas and information presented in the required readings:

Required Readings:

  1. [SISSONS] Ch. 4, Indigenous Children, pp. 85-111.
  2. [MAAKA] Ch. 9, “Killing the Indian in the Child”: Four Centuries of Church-Run Schools (Suzanne Fournier and Ernie Crey), pp. 141-149.

8. Tuesday, February 5 & Thursday, February 7

Required Readings:

  1. [SISSONS] Ch. 2, Oppressive Authenticity, pp. 37-59.

Optional Background Readings in course packs on Reserve:

  • Harmon, Amy. 2006, April 12. “The DNA Age: Seeking Ancestry in DNA Ties Uncovered by Tests.” The New York Times.
  • Sturm, Circe. 1998. “Blood Politics, Racial Classification, and Cherokee National Identity: The Trials and Tribulations of the Cherokee Freedmen”. American Indian Quarterly,22 (1–2) Win/Spr: 230–258.
  • Churchill, Ward. 2004. “A Question of Identity.” In Stephen Greymorning, ed., A Will to Survive: Indigenous Essays on the Politics of Culture, Language and Identity. Boston: McGraw-Hill. 59-94.
  • Hitt, Jack. 2005, August 21. “The Newest Indians.” The New York Times.
  • Garroutte, Eva Marie. 2003. Real Indians: Identity and the Survival of Native America. Berkeley, CA: University Of California Press. (Ch. 4, If You’re Indian and You Know It (but Others Don’t)—Self–Identification, 82-98, 186-190)
  • Warren, Jonathan W. 2001. Racial Revolutions: Antiracism and Indian Resurgence in Brazil. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. (Ch. 1, Posttraditional Indians, 5-33)

Second essay exam assigned on Thursday, February 7, due on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at the start of class, in class. Worth 30% of the final grade.

Part Three:
Knowledge, Theories, and Models: The Problem of Extinction, Resurgence, and Tradition

9. Tuesday, February 12 & Thursday, February 14

Required Readings:

  1. [MAAKA] Ch. 14, The Indians Are Coming to an End: The Myth of Native Desolation (Matthew Restall), pp. 206-218.
  2. [MAAKA] Ch. 5, Colonizing Knowledges (Linda Tuhivai Smith), pp. 91-110.
  3. [MAAKA] Ch. 11, The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power (Stuart Hall), pp. 165-173.

Optional Background Readings in course packs on Reserve:

  • Sahlins, Marshall. 1999. “What Is Anthropological Enlightenment? Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century.” Annual Review of Anthropology, 28: i–xxiii.
  • Forte, Maximilian C. 2006. “Extinction: Ideologies Against Indigeneity in the Caribbean.” Southern Quarterly, 43(4): 46-69.
  • Broome, Richard. 2001. Aboriginal Australians: Black Responses to White Dominance, 1788-2001. 3rd ed. Sydney, Australia: Allen & Unwin. (Ch. 6, Racism Enshrined, 91-104, 298-299)

MID-TERM BREAK, February 18-23, 2013

10. Tuesday, February 26

Reminder: Second essay exam is due today at the start of class, in class. Worth 30% of the final grade.

11. Thursday, February 28, Tuesday, March 5, Thursday, March 7, & Tuesday, March 12

Required Readings:

  1. [MAAKA] Ch. 18, The New Politics of Resistance (Ronald Niezen), pp. 286-307.
  2. [HALL] Ch. 2, Indigenous Global Struggles: Models of Revitalization and Resistance, pp. 21-38.
  3. [SISSONS] Ch. 6, Indigenous Recovery, pp. 139-159.

Optional Background Readings in course packs on Reserve:

  • Cornell, Stephen. 1988. The Return of the Native: American Indian Political Resurgence. New York: OxfordUniversity Press. (Ch. 8, The Politics of Indianness, 128-148)
  • Kuper, Adam. 2003. “The Return of the Native”. Current Anthropology, 44 (3): 389-402.
  • Kenrick, Justin and Lewis, Jerome. 2004. “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and the Politics of the Term ‘Indigenous’.” Anthropology Today, 20 (2): 4-9.
  • Deloria, Vine, Jr. 1969. Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto. London: Collier-Macmillan. (ch 4. “Anthropologists and Other Friends,” 78-100).
  • Grobsmith, Elizabeth S. 1997. “Growing Up on Deloria: The Impact of His Work on a New Generation of Anthropologists.” In Thomas Biolsi and Larry J. Zimmerman, eds., Indians and Anthropologists: Vine Deloria Jr. and the Critique of Anthropology, pp. 35-49. Tucson: University Press of Arizona.
  • Morphy, Howard. 2006. “The Practice of an Expert: Anthropology in Native Title.” Anthropological Forum, 16 (2): 135-151.
  • Peace, Adrian. 2003. “HindmarshIsland and the Politics of Anthropology.” Anthropology Today, 19 (5): 1-2.
  • Weiner, James F. 1999. “Culture in a Sealed Envelope: The Concealment of Australian Aboriginal Heritage and Tradition in the HindmarshIslandBridge Affair.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 5: 193-210.
  • Field, Les W. (with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe). 2003. “Unacknowledged Tribes, Dangerous Knowledge: The Muwekma Ohlone and How Indian Identities are ‘Known’.” Wicazo Sa Review, Fall: 79-94.

Third essay exam assigned on Tuesday, March 12, due on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the start of class, in class. Worth 35% of the final grade.

Part Four:
Resistance and Resurgence in Practice: Case Studies

Please note: for the remaining two parts of this course, please go to the revised schedule and ignore this page.

12. Thursday, March 14

  • Discussion of assigned readings: “Recovery, Re-Identification, Decolonization”
  • Film: Mabo: Life of an Island Man (Australia, 1997)

Required Readings:

  1. [HALL] Ch. 4, Indigenous Mexico: Globalization and Resistance, pp. 63-90.
  2. [HALL] Ch. 5, American Indian Survival and Revitalization: Native Nations in the United States, pp. 91-119.

Optional Background Readings in course packs on Reserve:

  • Alfred, Gerald Taiaiake. 2005. Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom. PeterboroughON: Broadview Press. (First Words, 19-38)
  • Nagel, Joane. 1996. American Indian Ethnic Renewal: Red Power and the Resurgence of Identity and Culture. New York: OxfordUniversity Press. (Ch. 5, The Politics of American Indian Ethnicity: Solving the Puzzle of Indian Ethnic Resurgence, 113-157)
  • Champagne Duane. 1997. “Self-determination and Activism Among American Indians in the United States 1972-1997.” Cultural Survival Quarterly, 21.2:
  • Deloria, Vine, Jr. 1994. God is Red: A Native View of Religion. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing. (Ch. 1, The Indian Movement, 4-24)

Sunday, March 10, 2013
• Last day for academic withdrawal from two-term and winter-term courses


13. Tuesday, March 19 & Thursday, March 21

Required Readings:

  1. [HALL] Ch. 3, Maori in New Zealand (Aotearoa) and Adevasi in South Asia (India), pp. 39-62.
  2. [SISSONS] Ch. 3, Urban Indigeneity, pp. 61-83.

Recommended Film:

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (Canada, 1993)—which can also be viewed online at:, or,

Optional Background Readings in course packs on Reserve:

  • Postero, Nancy. 2005. “Indigenous Responses to Neoliberalism: A Look at the Bolivian Uprising of 2003.” PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 28 (1): 73-92.
  • Fuentes, Federico. 2007. “The Struggle for Bolivia’s Future.” Monthly Review, July-August: 95-109.
  • New Internationalist. 2008. “I Will Return and I Will Be Millions.” April. 4-7.
  • Durán de Huerta, Marta. 1999. “An Interview with Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, Spokesman and Military Commander of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN).” International Affairs, 75 (2): 269-279.
  • Harvey, Neil. 1998. The Chiapas Rebellion: The Struggle for Land and Democracy. Durham, NC: Duke University Press (Ch. 8, The Zapatista Opening, 199-226)
  • Nash, June. 1995. “The Reassertion of Indigenous Identity: Mayan Responses to State Intervention in Chiapas.” Latin American Research Review, 30 (3): 7-41.

Part Five:
Citizenship, Nationhood, Transnationalism


14. Tuesday, March 26 & Thursday, March 28

  • Discussion: Indigenous Citizens and Indigenous Nations

Required Readings:

  1. [SISSONS] Ch. 5, Indigenous Citizens, pp. 113-137.
  2. [MAAKA] Ch. 20, “Sovereignty”—An Inappropriate Concept (Gerald Taiaiake Alfred), pp. 322-336.
  3. [MAAKA] Ch. 12, Paths Toward a Mohawk Nation: Narratives of Citizenship and Nationhood in Kahnawake (Audra Simpson), pp. 174-188.

Reminder: Third essay exam is due today at the start of class, in class. Worth 35% of the final grade.

15. Tuesday, April 2 & Thursday, April 4

  • Discussion: Indigenous Peoples and Nation-States

Required Readings:

  1. [MAAKA] Ch. 17, Saami and Norwegians: Symbols of Peoplehood and Nationhood (Trond Thuen), pp. 267-285.
  2. [MAAKA] Ch. 16, Imagining Civilization on the Frontiers of Aboriginality (Anthony J. Hall), pp. 249-266.
  3. [MAAKA] Ch. 21, Indigeneity at the Edge: Towards a Constructive Engagement (Roger C.A. Maaka and Augie Fleras), pp. 337-357.


16. Tuesday, April 9 & Thursday, April 11

  • Lecture: “New Routes for Roots: Indigenous Transnationalism”

Required Readings:

  1. [HALL] Ch. 6, Indigenous Peoples: Global Perspectives and Movements, pp. 120-138.

Optional Background Readings in course packs on Reserve:

  • Muehlebach, Andrea. 2001. “‘Making Place’ at the United Nations: Indigenous Cultural Politics at the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations.” Cultural Anthropology, 16 (3): 415–448.
  • Brysk, Alison. 1996. “Turning Weakness into Strength: The Internationalization of Indian Rights.” Latin American Perspectives, 23 (2) Spring: 38-57.
  • Oldham, Paul and Frank, Miriam Anne. 2008. “ ‘We the peoples…’ The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” Anthropology Today, 24 (2): 5-9.
  • Bowen, John R. 2000. “Should we have a universal concept of ‘Indigenous peoples’ rights’.” Anthropology Today, 16 (4): 12-16.

Fourth and final essay exam assigned on Thursday, April 11, due on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Worth 25% of the final grade.

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