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Mary C Wright
AIS 240
Seattle Campus

Native North American Women

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.

Class description

This Spring Term 2013 class explores Native North American women's power and importance for their own people and for cross-cultural relations with a special focus on women of the Plains. The first half of the course focuses on traditional cultures to the 1880s and women's economic power, the life cycle, spirituality, gender roles, and history. The second half analyzes women's late 19th and 20th century experiences and roles in working for healing, Indigenous rights & Tribal economic sovereignty and current fights against injustice, violence, and abuse.

Student learning goals

Increase student knowledge of the historic roles of and current issues for American Indian and Canadian First Nations women.

Engage and utilize students' critical thinking skills on issues regarding American Indian and Canadian First Nations women.

Increase oral and written communication skills through written assignments, essay exams and class discussions.

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion & small group work, films, and other materials

Recommended preparation

AIS 101, 201, 202 or 203 helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Two small papers on assigned class readings.

Exams will be essay-based.

30% Midterm 20% Papers 20% Participation 30% Final


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mary C Wright
Date: 02/28/2013