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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
The Department of American Indian Studies, in partnership with Comparative History of Ideas, is offering a study abroad program this summer. Indigenous Sámi Culture and Connection to the Land in Arctic Europe Romsa (Tromsø) and Kárášjohka (Karasjok), Norway Summer 2016 B-term   July 7, 2016 to August 4, 2016 Application Deadline: February 12, 2016 One of... Read more
The Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Indigenous Environmental and Sustainability Studies whose research and teaching engages American Indian and Indigenous Studies through the study of tribal ecosystems. Applicants should demonstrate training in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and be scholars of the ways Indigenous nations and communities understand their environments within their diverse... Read more
Tutoring is available at a new writing studio that opens for appointments on October 19. The Interdisciplinary Writing Studio offers tutoring sessions with students of AES, AIS, GEOG, and GWSS on all aspects of writing and research from brainstorming through final product.  Tutors can talk with students about drafts, formal and informal writing, research strategies, disciplinary expectations, and finding your own voice in writing. The studio is located in Smith Hall 113B. To sign up for an... Read more
In Viewpoint Magazine, UW's diversity publication, AIS Chair Chris Teuton shares the department's plans for a new academic approach: "At the UW our courses foreground Native knowledge and Native perspectives on their own histories, cultures, arts, homelands, and forms of governance." The issue is available for online viewing.              
"Raven's Journey" by Marvin Oliver
Marvin Oliver’s “Raven’s Journey,” carved from red cedar and depicting a raven, salmon, and wolf, was installed inside the University of Washington HUB. Marvin Oliver (Quinault/Isleta Pueblo) has been teaching in American Indian Studies since 1974 and also serves as an Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Native American Art at the Burke Museum. Professor Oliver is one of the Northwest Coast’s foremost contemporary sculptors and printmakers with a career spanning over 40 years. His monumental... Read more
My Body Is a Book of Rules
The Washington Center for the Book has announced the finalists for the 2015 Washington State Book Awards. These prizes are awarded for books published in 2014 by Washington state authors. My Body Is a Book of Rules, the debut memoir from American Indian Studies adviser Elissa Washuta, is a finalist in the biography/memoir category. The full list of finalists can be viewed... Read more