HILL A History of Native America

The list below will be updated every week with a link to that week’s slides for A History of Native America with Maeve Kane through the Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning.

October 8 – Sovereignty and Nation

  • Introduction: What does sovereignty, nationhood, and survival mean?
  • Defining “Indian”: Legal, cultural, biological, and political definitions

October 15 – The Politics of the Pre-Contact Americas

  • The modern politics of the peopling of the Americas
  • Three case studies of development before contact: Iroquoia, Pueblo, and Mississippi

October 22 – Contact & Cultural Exchange

  • Trade, exchange, and cultural sovereignty 1600-1763
  • The American Revolution and the Treaty of Canandaigua, 1794

October 29 – The Civilizing Mission

  • Indian play, Indian education, and American ownership of the Indian past, 1600-1970
  • Cherokee and other removals, 1800-1865

November 5 – Wounded Knee and Wounded Knee

  • Plains Wars and their legacies to Wounded Knee 1890
  • Termination, Allotment, and Red Power to Wounded Knee 1973

November 12 – Self Determination

  • Sovereignty, criminal jurisdiction, and civil rights 1924-present
  • Self determination 1975-present

Further reading:

  • Philip Deloria, Indians in Unexpected Places
  • Eva Garroutte, Real Indians
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous People’s History of the United States
  • Charles Mann, 1491
  • Colin Calloway, The American Revolution in Indian Country
  • Theda Perdue and Michael Green, The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears
  • Richard Drinnon, Facing West

Haudenosaunee/Iroquois issues and history:

  • Audra Simpson, Mohawk Interruptus
  • Karim Tiro, People of the Standing Stone
  • David Preston, The Texture of Contact
  • Gerald Reid, Kahnawa:ke
  • Peggy Dymond Leavey, Moll Brant
  • Irving Powless, Who are these People Anyway?
  • Michael Oberg, Peacemakers
  • Brian Rice, The Rotinonshonni

Fiction and poetry:



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