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AIS 441 A: Gender In Native American Societies

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
BNS 115
Dian Million

Additional Details:

This class considers the human experience of gender in an Indigenous context. We first read and discuss accounts of gender in Indigenous histories, literatures and biographies to get a sense of the fluidity and meaning of gender in different societies. We then read and discuss a variety of Indigenous thought on the implications of gender in contemporary settler state colonialism as it intersects with class and race in neoliberal states.  Modern nation-states constructed societies where gender, race, class and sexuality form power relations that have far reaching implication for Indigenous peoples, lives and practices of self-determination. How does this intersection so basic to an understanding of classic colonial relations morph in our contemporary neoliberal multicultural societies?

Catalog Description: 
Examines gender roles, identity, and relations in Native American pre- and post-contact societies. Analyzes how contact with European gender customs influenced and altered traditional gender practices, especially in regard to women's social position and the roles of the third/fourth genders in Native American communities.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:00pm