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AIS 102 Introduction to American Indian Studies (5) I&S, DIV
Introduction to American Indian and Indigenous Studies, a field of research grounded in the study of American Indian and indigenous peoples with the goal of fostering individual and community wellness, political self-determination, cultural revitalization, and cross-cultural understanding. Presents foundational terms, concepts, and ideas for study in AIS major and minor.
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AIS 103 The Indigenous Pacific Northwest (5) I&S, DIV Dian Million, Charlotte Cote
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.
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AIS 110 Musical Traditions of Native North America (5) VLPA
Utilizes historical and contemporary sources to survey the music and music-related traditions of Native North America. Examines traditional music and context from the Northwest Coast, Arctic, Southwest, Great Basin, Plains, Plateau, California, and Eastern Woodlands music-style areas, as well as contemporary neo-traditional and popular genres of American Indian music.
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AIS 170 American Indian Art and Aesthetics (5) VLPA
Introduces the aesthetic universe of Indigenous peoples of North America, peoples who are currently known as American Indian, Alaskan Native and Canadian First Nations. Explores multiple examples of North American Indigenous thought, expression, stories, dance, art, film, and music.
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AIS 201 Introduction to American Indian Histories (5) I&S, DIV
Survey of histories of Indians in the United States from Native perspectives. Presents traditional creation accounts and oral histories, archaeological, and historical evidence. Focus is cultural dynamics, considering change and continuity through prehistoric, protohistoric, colonial, and American periods.
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AIS 202 Introduction to American Indian Contemporary and Social Issues (5) I&S, DIV
Introduction to American Indian/Alaska Natives contemporary and social issues. Topics will include identification, demographics, government relations, treaty and water rights, Indian gaming, and treaty law.
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AIS 203 Introduction to Indigenous Knowledges (5) I&S, DIV
Introduction to Indigenous peoples' diverse and complementary ways of knowing in tribally and culturally specific contexts. Topics may include ecological knowledges, artistic knowledges, linguistic knowledges, medicinal knowledges, and Indigenous value systems as expressed in individual and communal contexts. Discussions of Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies. Instruction in contemporary Indigenous research practices.
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AIS 209 The Unsettling of the Red Continent: American Indian History to 1815 (5) I&S, DIV J. REID
Course examines the histories of indigenous peoples of North America through the War of 1812. Topics include the peopling of the Americas; early encounters and exchanges; and strategies American Indians used to confront expanding European, American, and indigenous powers. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 209.
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AIS 210 Inconvenient Indians and the "American Problem": American Indian History since 1815 (5) I&S, DIV
As part of a two-quarter survey of American Indian history, this course examines the histories of indigenous peoples of North American from the nineteenth century to today. Students will explore a range of topics, including settler colonialism, indigenous power, American Indian - US relations, and Native governance and activism. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 210.
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AIS 212 Indigenous Leaders and Activists (5) I&S, DIV J. REID
By focusing on historic indigenous leaders and activists globally, students will examine issues of power, sovereignty, identity, and the role of the individual in shaping history. Additionally, students will examine contemporary, global issues that indigenous communities face and collaboratively contribute to a wiki of indigenous leaders and activist movements. Offered: jointly with HSTCMP 212.
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AIS 230 Contemporary Indian Gaming and Casinos (5) I&S
Overview of the contemporary $18.5 billion Indian tribal gaming industry (with a focus on the Pacific Northwest), which is heavily regulated, is an economic engine for non-Indian communities, and funds economic, social, and cultural revitalization of Indian reservations, yet often generates intense political discussions.
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AIS 240 Native North American Women (5) I&S, DIV
Indian women in the social structure; historical and contemporary roles; changes in male-female relationships; problems and opportunities of contemporary women; the feminist movement and Indian rights.
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AIS 253 Wood Design (5, max. 15) VLPA M. OLIVER
Studio course in wood sculpture utilizing Pacific Northwest Indian hand tools. Properties of woods and their uses.
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AIS 270 Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast (5) I&S, DIV Dian Million, Charlotte Cote
Examines indigenous societies on the Pacific Northwest's western slope, from southeast Alaska to California, including social structures and relations, subsistence strategies, belief systems, and changes over time, both before and after non-Natives' arrival. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 270.
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AIS 271 Native Peoples of the Intermountain West (5) I&S
Examines societies of the Columbia and Fraser River Plateau and Great Basin, including social structures and relations, subsistence strategies, belief systems, and changes over time, both before and after non-Natives' arrival.
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AIS 272 Native Peoples of the Southeast (5) I&S
Examines indigenous societies of North America's southeastern sector, including social structures and relations, subsistence strategies, belief systems, and changes over time, both before and after non-Natives' arrival.
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AIS 275 Introductory Topics in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (1-5, max. 15) I&S
Covers introductory topics on current research and readings in American Indian and indigenous studies.
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AIS 308 American Indians and the Environment (5) I&S, DIV J. Reid
Examines the historical relationships American Indians have possessed with local environments, with special attention to the ways these peoples have adapted to altered environments and new conditions, including migrations, involvement with markets of exchange, overhunting, dispossession, conservation, and mainstream environmentalism. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 308/HSTAA 308.
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AIS 309 Methods in Amerindian Linguistics (5) VLPA/I&S
Survey of native North American languages; introduction to systems of transcription; focus on reading of texts and analysis of grammatical structure in two languages; introduction to the use of microcomputers in the description and analysis of Native American texts.
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AIS 310 A Linguistic Approach to Culture (3) VLPA/I&S
Analytical study of a language, with special focus on Native Indian languages of North America. Emphasizes analysis of sound systems of languages, as well as a universal system of classifying and writing speech sounds. Emphasis on practical application, with time devoted to sound transcription practice.
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AIS 311 The Indigenous History and Environment of the Salish Sea (5) I&S, DIV Joshua L Reid
Uncovers the indigenous history and environment of the Salish Sea. Examines the "Salish Sea" concept and uncovers the history of the Salish Sea, from an indigenous perspective. Topics include pre-encounter indigenous settlement; early encounters; and contestations over resources, waters, and lands; contemporary issues. Taught at the Friday Harbor Labs. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 311; Sp.
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AIS 313 American Indian Language-Salish (5)
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AIS 314 American Indian Language-Salish (5)
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AIS 315 American Indian Language-Salish (5)
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AIS 317 North American Indians: The Southwest (5) I&S
Overview of history and ethnography of the Southwest with emphasis on Apacheans, Pueblos, and Pimans/Yumans. Social organization, religion, worldview, and expressive culture of such specific groups as Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Tewa, and Tohono O'odham.
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AIS 330 United States-Indian Relations (5) I&S, DIV
History of relations between American Indians and non-Indians in the United States with emphasis on national laws and policies. Examines origins and impacts of Indians' and non-Indians' strategies for dealing with each other, historical reasons for Indians' contemporary conditions and status.
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AIS 331 American Indian History I to 1840 (5) I&S, DIV A. HARMON
History of indigenous peoples and their descendants in the area that now constitutes the United States, from the eve of European discovery of the Americas to 1840. Emphasis on relations between indigenous peoples and immigrants. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 331.
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AIS 332 American Indian History II Since 1840 (5) I&S, DIV A. HARMON
History of American Indians in the United States from 1840 to the present. Emphasis on relations between Indians and non-Indians, government policies, and Indian strategies of survival. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 332.
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AIS 335 American Indians and the Law (5) I&S, DIV Charlotte Cote
History of laws governing American Indians: aboriginal law systems, U. S. laws, and contemporary tribal laws. Effects of laws and legal institutions on contemporary Indian identity and tribal status, self-government, land ownership and use, natural resources, religion, family life, cultural and spiritual practices, crimes and punishment, and federal responsibilities for Indians.
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AIS 340 Indian Children and Families (5) I&S, DIV D. MILLION
Cross-cultural survey of Indian child rearing, family structure, and related social issues. Includes historical changes in family structure, value orientation and adaptation to a bicultural environment, education, child welfare, health problems, and aging.
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AIS 341 Native Women in the Americas (5) I&S
Historiography, sociology, biography, autobiography, and fiction about native women in the United States and Canada. Offered: jointly with GWSS 341.
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AIS 350 Two-Dimensional Art of the Northwest Coast Indians (5, max. 15) VLPA Oliver
Studio course emphasizes principles of structure and style of two-dimensional art which can be found on many old, traditional Northwest Coast pieces, such as painted storage boxes and chests, house panels, and ceremonial screens. Students apply these principles in creating a variety of graphic projects.
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AIS 360 American Indians in Cinema (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV
Studies representations of American Indians in American films from 1900 to present. Examines the foundations of American Indian stereotypes and how Hollywood helped create and perpetuate those stereotypes. Activities include reading critical materials, and viewing, discussing, and writing critically about films by non-Native directors.
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AIS 365 Native Nation Governance (5) I&S, DIV Jean M Dennison
Current issues important to Native nations today, using films and interactive case studies. Students research topics including: stereotypes, sovereignty, economy, citizenship, art, and politics. Provides an understanding of settler colonialism, seeks to understand challenges facing Native nations and look for creative solutions to those challenges.
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AIS 370 Researching Indians' History (5) I&S A. HARMON
Finding and interpreting sources of information about American Indians' history. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 315.
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AIS 375 Special Topics in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (1-5, max. 15) I&S
Covers special topics in American Indian and indigenous studies.
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AIS 376 First Nations Literature (5) VLPA
Literature written by First Nations Canadian authors as a form of cultural resistance and a re-seizing of identity.
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AIS 377 Contemporary American Indian Literature (5) VLPA, DIV
Creative writings (novels, short stories, poems) of contemporary Indian authors; the traditions out of which these works evolved. Differences between Indian writers and writers of the dominant European/American mainstream. Offered: jointly with ENGL 359.
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AIS 378 Contemporary American Indian Literature: A Northwest Focus (5) VLPA, DIV Dian Million
Literature and poetry of the Pacific Northwest (Coast and Plateau) Native peoples. Contemporary literature and discussion of social and cultural issues raised by American Indian writers and writing.
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AIS 379 Powwow: Tradition and Innovation (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV
Explores the historical and cultural roots of powwow. Discusses the ways this indigenous Native art form has adapted since prehistoric times.
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AIS 380 Indigenous Food Sovereignty (5) I&S, DIV Charlotte Cote
Food sovereignty within an Indigenous framework of decolonization and cultural revitalization. Demonstrates its potential to strengthen tribal autonomy, health, and wellness in Indigenous communities. How colonialism undermined Indigenous relationships to homelands, plants, and animals that sustained and nourished communities, leading to health disparities and inability to access traditional, nutritious foods. Offered: Sp.
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AIS 385 Indigenous Ecologies and Climate Change (5) I&S, DIV
Diverse ways in which Indigenous peoples around the world understand, experience, and are responding to contemporary global climate change. Topics include: the politics of traditional ecological knowledge, Indigenous environmental justice movements, community-scale climate "adaptation" practice, as each is related to Indigenous health and wellbeing, cultural continuance, and political sovereignty.
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AIS 425 Indians in Western Washington History (5) I&S, DIV A. HARMON
Relations of Indians and non-Indians in the Puget Sound region, from the 1790s to the present, with emphasis on evolving ideas about Indian identity. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 417.
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AIS 431 History of American Indian Education (5) I&S
Traditional and European-introduced methods of schooling, the federal role in Indian education, and contemporary Indian education issues. Special attention to Indian concepts of learning; boarding school education; the role of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; current trends in bilingual and bicultural education for Indians.
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AIS 435 Spiritual Encounters: Native Spirituality in the Contact Era (5) I&S
Explores North American indigenous interaction with, resistance to, and syncretization with Christianity, the European colonizers' religious system. Focuses on Native revitalization movements and new forms of religious expression such as the Indian Shaker Church and the Peyote Road, as well as the legal, social, and cultural issues of Native freedom of religion.
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AIS 440 Reading Native American Women's Lives (5, max. 10) I&S, DIV
Seminar based on social science writings, autobiographies, biographies, and fiction written by, with, or about indigenous women of the United States and Canada. Offered: jointly with GWSS 440.
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AIS 441 Gender in Native American Societies (5) I&S, DIV D. MILLION
Examines gender roles, identity, and relations in Native American pre- and post-contact societies. Analyzes how contact with European gender customs influenced and altered traditional gender practices, especially in regard to women's social position and the roles of the third/fourth genders in Native American communities.
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AIS 442 Images of Natives in the Cinema and Popular Cultures (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV D. HART, L. ROSS
Cultural examination of images of Native people in cinema and popular culture based on social science writings and films by or about Natives in the United States and Canada. Offered: jointly with GWSS 442.
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AIS 443 Indigenous Films, Sovereign Visions (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV D. HART, L. ROSS
Explores fiction, documentary, experimental film, and digital media by indigenous artists from around the world. Focuses on personal, political, and cultural expression. Issues include media and sovereignty movements, political economy, language revitalization, the politics of decolonization, and indigenous aesthetics. Offered: jointly with COM 443.
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AIS 444 Criminality and "Deviance" in Native Communities (5) L. ROSS
Seminar based on social science writings and biographies written by and about incarcerated Natives and "deviance" in Native communities in the United States and Canada. Offered: jointly with GWSS 444.
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AIS 446 American Indian Economic History (5) I&S Harmon
Surveys and analyzes the history of American Indians' economic challenges and strategies. Topics include the economic cultures of indigenous North American societies, the impacts of European colonization and U.S. government policies, and tribal strategies aimed at improving Indians' economic circumstances. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 446.
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AIS 451 Critical Conversations in American Indian Studies (5, max. 10) D. MILLION
Critical issues in American Indian studies. Topics vary.
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AIS 461 First Nations Government and Politics in Canada (5) I&S, DIV Cote
Focuses on First Nations government and politics in Canada. Examines development of First Nations political governing structures with an introduction to the values, perspectives, concepts, and principles in Native political cultures. Explores federal Indian policy in context of First Nations strategies to become self-governing. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 426.
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AIS 465 First Nations Filmmaking in Canada (5) VLPA Cote
Examines First Nations video production in Canada; how film is utilized as a medium for addressing issues significant to First Nations. First Nations filmmakers "decolonize" the screen by providing real and positive images of First Nations people that correspond to their cultural and social experiences. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 422.
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AIS 466 Producing the Documentary Short (5) VLPA D. HART, L. ROSS
Explores documentary theory, methods, and aesthetics. From humanities, social science, and indigenous studies perspectives, students critique a self-produced documentary, looking at methodology, perspective, and ethics. Students also explore pre-production, production, and post-production documentary techniques.
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AIS 475 Research Topics in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (1-5, max. 15) I&S
Covers current research in American Indian and indigenous studies content areas.
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AIS 480 Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence Movements in the United States, Canada, and Mexico (5) I&S, DIV
Examines Indigenous resistance and resurgence movements in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Explores political and social contexts, political mobilization, cultural resurgence, and decolonizing struggles.
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AIS 497 Internship (1-5, max. 10)
Internship and academic project. Faculty sponsor and internship supervisor are required . Offered: AWSpS.
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AIS 499 Independent Study (1-5, max. 15) VLPA/I&S
Readings and/or research under faculty supervision.
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AIS 501 Documentary Film/Video Research Methods in Native Communities (5) D. HART, L. ROSS
Seminar exploring theoretical, methodological, and aesthetic issues when researching documentary film and video projects in Native American communities. Utilizes readings, screening, discussions, and a major research project to explore issues of documentary representation, ethics, and historiography. First part of a two-quarter documentary production sequence. Offered: jointly with GWSS 510.
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AIS 503 Documentary Theory, Form, and Practice (5) D. HART, L. ROSS
Explores documentary theory and practice, utilizing readings and documentary filmmaking exercises. Students create short documentary sequences while investigating traditional and more experimental ideas about the non-fiction form; theories of representation, subject ethics, documentary authenticity, the intersection of fiction and non-fiction forms, documentary and performance, documentary and historiography.
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AIS 576 Indigenous Methodology (5) Jean M Dennison
Creating a collaborative and collective space for students to explore the potential of various Indigenous approaches to research. Oriented around critical feedback from the instructor and fellow classmates. Students are expected to actively engage in class readings, discussions, and commitments.
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AIS 590 Special Topics (1-5, max. 15)
Offered by visitors or resident faculty as a one-time, in-depth study of special interest.
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