Recent News

The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs
Joshua L. Reid's book The Sea is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs has been awarded three major prizes: the John C. Ewers Award for the Best Book in North American (including Mexico) Indian ethnohistory, the Sally and... Read more
Fernandes, Bordley, LaPointe
The Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington announces a new event series. Sacred Breath features Indigenous writers and storytellers at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ - Intellectual House on the University of Washington Seattle campus. Storytelling offers a spiritual connection, a sharing of sacred breath. Literature, similarly, preserves human experience and ideals. Both forms are durable and transmit power that teaches us how to live. Both storytelling and reading... Read more
Journal issue cover
The most recent issue of American Indian Culture and Research Journal was guest edited by Luana Ross, Associate Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Co-Director of Native Voices. The issue, "Settler Colonialism and the Legislating of Criminality," includes the following articles:  Articles The Violent Legacies of the California... Read more
Charlotte Coté
Charlotte Coté, Associate Professor in the Department of American Indian Studies, was recently featured at The Whole U, where she tallked about the journey to build wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ on campus. Read more here.
Dr. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse will join the curatorial team at the Burke Museum, beginning her new curator position in September 2016. She will also teach courses as an Assistant Professor in the School of Art + Art History + Design. Dr. Bunn-Marcuse is currently the Associate Director of the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art at the Burke Museum, and she teaches courses in Art History, American Indian Studies, and Canadian Studies.  Read more at the Burke Museum's... Read more
Jennifer Smith and Dustin Abrahamson were honored this month as Dean's Medalists. Smith, majoring in History and CHID with a minor in AIS, received the Dean's Medal in the Humanities, while Abrahamson, majoring in History and American Ethnic Studies with a minor in AIS, received the Dean's Medal in the Social Sciences. In an interview with A&S Perspectives, Smith spoke about her research: "I am particularly... Read more
American Indian Studies adviser Elissa Washuta was recently named the recipient of an Artist Trust 2016 Arts Innovator Award, and she was selected by Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation, to be the writer-in-residence in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge. As a recipient of the Artist Trust... Read more
Tulalip landing
AIS is offering an exciting summer learning opportunity: a Tribal Canoe Journey field course. Anyone can take a UW Summer Quarter course: UW students, visiting students from other colleges, high school students, and those who are not currently enrolled in any school. Tuition and fees apply. The UW Access program allows Washington state residents ages 60 and older to audit courses on... Read more
The Artist in Residence Diversity Project in the University of Washington’s College of Education is sponsored by the Dean’s Office, the Faculty Diversity Council, and the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Students of the College of Education.  We are looking for a visual artist do do a large mural in Miller Hall beginning in the summer of 2016 and completing by the end of December 2016.  The artist will be expected to participate in two class sessions in autumn quarter... Read more
Intellectual House
In a UW Today article, Deborah Bach discusses recent hires of UW faculty members focused on Indigenous studies, including AIS faculty members Christopher Teuton and Stephanie Fryberg. “The UW is right at the top of colleges and universities that are demonstrating a commitment to Indigenous studies broadly and working with indigenous communities across various disciplines,” Professor Teuton said,... Read more