3560 - Native American Geographies


This is a course on the social and cultural geography of North America. We will focus on Native American peoples, place-making, their land, natural resources, and their use of geotechniques for social and cultural empowerment. Indigenous geographies exist today despite repeated attempts by Euro-Americans to destroy, marginalize, distort, or ignore them. At the same time, native peoples have used western technologies and science to construct representations of ‘indigenous geographies.’ Throughout the course, we will study the principles and systems underlying some indigenous geographies, indigenous ways of knowing the world, natural resources, relationships to animals and landforms, sense of place, place-names, sacred land, counter-mapping and geographic information systems. We will attempt to attain some cross-cultural understanding of these geographies within the context of North America geography. (3)