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Rosemary Gibbons
AIS 341
Seattle Campus

Native Women in the Americas

Historiography, sociology, biography, autobiography, and fiction about native women in the United States and Canada. Offered: jointly with GWSS 341; AWSpS.

Class description

This course is designed to provide a historical background of the process of colonialism and the subsequent impact on the roles and status of Native women. Additionally, the impact of nationhood, race/ethnicity, gender, and class on the lives of Native women will be discussed. For instance, we will examine how Native women resisted and through resistance created a social movement that changed the course of history in their lives and their communities. We will be using the historical and contemporary analysis of the social and political organization of nationhood, race/ethnicity, gender and class in Euroamerican society and the dynamics of the social relationships between them to understand the framework of the resistance. Cinema and text will be used to contextualize the radical resistance Native women used to bring about social change.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, guest speakers and film/video.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Book critiques and one 10 page-double space final research paper.

Five (10 point) critiques and (50 points) for final research paper.


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 Rosemary Gibbons
Date: 03/08/2005