Five College Consortium

NATIVE LITERACIES TO 1880

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2017
Subject Name: 
American Studies
Course Number: 
253
Institution: 
Smith College
This course explores the meaning and use of writing—in many forms—within Native communities in the Americas. We challenge the conventional understanding of writing by examining texts not usually considered as such—like hieroglyphic codices, wampum belts, khipu, and winter counts—alongside poetry, sermons, memoirs and treaties. To facilitate this work, the course is arranged thematically by tribe, technology, or text, rather than chronology, allowing us to deepen our knowledge about the peoples and histories concerned each week. In addition, we immerse ourselves in current-day debates over language study, textual recovery, cultural heritage and scholarly ethics. Prerequisite: a course in history, anthropology or American studies. (E)
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
10728-F17

Course Sections

NATIVE LITERACIES TO 1880
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Christen Mucher cmucher@smith.edu MW 02:40-04:00 SEELYE 311