Five College Consortium

Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies

Many courses in addition to those listed below may be eligible for fulfilling requirements of the Five College Native American Indian Studies Certificate. Students are encouraged to consult an NAIS program campus advisor to identify courses that are appropriate for their interests.

Spring 2018 Courses

Subj Abbrsort descending Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Meeting Times Institution
AMST 353 01 Unraveling Nationalism Lisa Brooks M 02:00PM-04:30PM Amherst College
ANTHRO 234 01 Art in Cross-Cultural Perspect Donna Gould M W 10:10AM 11:00AM UMass Amherst
ANTHRO 234 01AA Art in Cross-Cultural Perspect F 9:05AM 9:55AM UMass Amherst
ANTHRO 234 01AB Art in Cross-Cultural Perspect F 10:10AM 11:00AM UMass Amherst
ANTHRO 234 01AC Art in Cross-Cultural Perspect F 11:15AM 12:05PM UMass Amherst
ANTHRO 370 01 Contemporary Issues-N Amer Ind Donna Gould M 2:30PM 5:15PM UMass Amherst
ANTHRO 670 01 Contmp Iss of Natv Am Inds: NE Donna Gould M 2:30PM 5:15PM UMass Amherst
COMP-LIT 393D 01 S-Native American NarrativeArt N Couch TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM UMass Amherst
CSI 0129 1 Indians and Environmentalism Ashley Smith 09:00AM-10:20AM TU;09:00AM-10:20AM TH Hampshire College
ENGL 353 01 Unraveling Nationalism Lisa Brooks M 02:00PM-04:30PM Amherst College
ENGL 459 01 Native American Novels Lisa Brooks TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM Amherst College
ENGLISH 792N 01 S-Native American Autobiograph Laura Furlan W 4:00PM 6:30PM UMass Amherst
HIST 234 01 The Atlantic World Christine DeLucia TTH 10:00AM-11:15AM Mount Holyoke College
HIST 271 01 American West Pacific World Christine DeLucia TTH 11:30AM-12:45PM Mount Holyoke College
HISTORY 391PL 01 S-Plymouth1620: RethinkingHist Alice Nash TU TH 2:30PM 3:45PM UMass Amherst
HISTORY 661 01 American Material Culture Christine DeLucia TH 2:30PM 5:00PM UMass Amherst
HONORS 322H 01 Criminal Law & Justice in US Kathleen Brown-Perez TU TH 8:30AM 9:45AM UMass Amherst
NRC 579 01 Cree Culture, NatRes&Sustnblty Paul Barten TH 6:30PM 9:30PM UMass Amherst
POSC 411 01 Indigenous Women Manuela Picq T 02:30PM-05:00PM Amherst College
SWAG 411 01 Indigenous Women Manuela Picq T 02:30PM-05:00PM Amherst College


Rare Book School Course at Amherst College this June co-taught by Mike Kelly and Kiara Vigil

A History of Native American Books & Indigenous Sovereignty

This course will offer a comprehensive history of Native American engagement with books as authors, editors, printers, publishers, and consumers with reference to developments in U.S. and Canadian history, and to the history of the book in general. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying Native American and Indigenous peoples’ histories, cultures, literatures, and political movements by exposing students to several critical fields of inquiry. These include: Native American History, Public History, American History, Book History, Settler Colonial Theory, and Literary Studies. These are the many lenses through which we will investigate the history of the book in Indian Country and beyond. Although we will touch on Indigenous communications technologies prior to European contact, our focus will be on the introduction of printing technologies as they developed in North America from the seventeenth century to the present, including new forays into emerging digital platforms.

The Archives & Special Collections at Amherst College holds perhaps the largest collection of Native-authored books in the United States. After purchasing the private collection of 1,400 Native-authored books assembled by Pablo Eisenberg, Amherst has added more than 1,000 additional items, and continues to acquire very actively in this field. The collection includes nearly 150 items published before 1900, including extremely scarce books from the close of the eighteenth century. Recently published works include children’s books, comic books, card games, and artists’ books. For example, the collection includes five different printings of Samson Occom’s (Mohegan) A Sermon, Preached at the Execution of Moses Paul, An Indian (1772–1827); the only surviving copy of Gertrude Bonnin’s (Lakota) The Constitution and Bylaws of the National Council of American Indians (1926); extremely scarce poetry chapbooks by Gerald Vizenor (Anishinaabeg), Joy Harjo (Creek), Maurice Kenney (Mohawk), Cheryl Savageau (Abenaki), and many dictionaries and indigenous-language resources. The focus of the collection is Native authorship regardless of topic, format, or intended audience. The goals of this course are to foreground Native presence in the printed record of North America and to expose the wide range of approaches indigenous people have taken to this colonial technology.

There are no prerequisites for the class outside of an interest in the history of the Americas, Native American and Indigenous studies, and book history and bibliography. In their personal statements, applicants should describe the nature of their interest in the history of the book, Native American and Indigenous Studies, their expectations of the course, and the purposes to which they propose to put the knowledge gained from their participation.

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