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AIS 103 A: The Indigenous Pacific Northwest

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 12:00pm - 2:10pm
THO 217
Joint Sections: 
JSIS B 100 A
Professor Charlotte Cote
Charlotte Coté

Additional Details:

This course introduces students to the Indigenous cultures of the Northwest Coast, extending from Southeast Alaska down along the coastlines of British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. This area of the United States and Canada is home to many distinct Indigenous societies whose histories and cultures have continually shaped and enriched this richly diverse and complex region.

Issues and topics covered in this course are the potlatch tradition, the guardian spirit complex, artistic expression, food sovereignty, environmental justice, and treaty fishing/whaling rights. We will conduct a comprehensive study of the annual Tribal Canoe Journeys, which has become a symbol of Indigenous cultural resurgence through the reaffirmation of lifeways and a reawakening of the canoe tradition. We will participate in one day of Tribal Journeys where students will experience the cultural sharing of traditional foods, songs, dances, and stories, and participate in activities that enhance their understanding and respect for Indigenous cultural traditions and environmental justice issues.

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to the cultures and governing structures of indigenous peoples of American Indian and First Nations tribal communities in the North, coastal British Columbia, and Pacific Northwest region as self-determining political actors in a contemporary multicultural and global region. Offered: jointly with JSIS 100; W.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
January 27, 2019 - 9:00pm