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Alexandra J Harmon
AIS 425
Seattle Campus

Indians in Western Washington History

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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This 5-credit course covers the history of relations between Indians and other people in Western Washington from 1790 to 2000, with an emphasis on the ways that such relations reflected and affected perceived boundaries between Indians and non-Indians, the boundaries of "tribes," and the meanings that people gave to such racial/ethnic/tribal categories. It also examines the historical roots of recent controversies about the rights and legal status of various Indians and tribes. It serves as a case study of the dynamics of race and ethnic relations and the factors that determine ethnic identities.

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Last Update by Alexandra J Harmon
Date: 02/14/2013