University Honors College - The Honorable mention

Indigenous Studies Winter Session Courses

Posted by Tim on November 8, 2021 in Academics, General Education Requirements, Pathways

AMS 100: Indian Image on Film (Pathway/Diversity)

Course Description: This course discusses the fabricated image of Native Americans in American film history, the media process that perpetuates such images, and the resulting stereotypes; also covers the relationship to social movements and alternatives for overcoming stereotypes. We will be viewing and critically analyzing the depiction of Indigenous North Americans and other Indigenous peoples in film and video. By engaging theories of representation, we will explore how cinematic presentations about Native peoples have informed prevalent ideas about race, gender, and history, as well as their influence on nation-building, memory, and popular culture. Issues of misrepresentation, stereotyping, racism and their resulting impact upon mainstream perceptions of Indigenous peoples will also be examined in depth. Questions to be raised will include: Why have Native Americans endured as a popular subject for filmmakers for so long? Where does fact/reality end and fiction/myth begin? We will also spend time exploring how Native artists are refashioning Indian images on film. We will study the work of contemporary Indigenous filmmakers in order to demonstrate how Indigenous peoples are defining and reclaiming identity through film and other media.

Tuesday/Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm


Jason Corwin (Seneca, Deer Clan)

Class # 017383

AMS 114: American Lives and Environments: Haudenosaunee Thought

Course Description: This course will explore Haudenosaunee thought and philosophy.  Through traditional teachings, narratives, and contemporary scholarship, this course will create discussion on the culture, language, and structure of Haudenosaunee society as well as contemporary issues.  With particular focus on traditional knowledge such as the Creation narrative, the Kayanerenhko:wa/Great Law of Peace, Gaiwiio/Code of Handsome Lake, and Longhouse ways, students will gain a better understanding of Haudenosaunee life and thought. 

Tuesdays/Thursdays 1:00pm-4:00pm


Laticia McNaughton (Mohawk, Wolf Clan)

Class #008532