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Dian L. Million
AIS 377
Seattle Campus

Contemporary American Indian Literature

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.

Class description

“…Speelyi, the Trickster, roams the young world watching the salmon return from the sea…” Earle Thompson

~Winter is the time for telling stories and being reflective. American Indian and Canadian First Nations writers bring to the fore a millennial long tradition of expressive celebration integrally interwoven to life as we know it in this region. Memory, land, and contemporary Indigenous lives inform a literature with old and new relations that defy the boundaries that appear to separate our Pacific northwest from coastal Canada and Alaska. In this class participants explore in several Northern Native writer's short fiction, poetry and essay the “inextricable relationship’ that illuminates both their lives and works.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Guest authors, reading, lectures, discussion groups, audio and visual presentations

Recommended preparation

Attendance, reading, thoughtful listening, analysis and participation in all activities.

Class assignments and grading

Personal essay, creative writing opportunities, and spontaneous writing assignments in the classroom. Participation in small group and class discussions.

Qualitative grading


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Dian L. Million
Date: 11/08/2005