American Indian Literature: Resistance and Renewal

                        Jaune Quick-To-See Smith (Salish)
T H I S      I S      I N D I A N      C O U N T R Y

Fall   2012 * TR  9:30 - 10:45  *  TLC  023


Course Info
Service Learning
Essential Understandings in Stud
Class Schedule
Final Project
Lecture Notes
Historical Trauma
Indian Humor
Campus Events


Attendance at 2 Native American -oriented outside events are required. I'll add them as I learn about them.
You can receive extra credit for attending and writing about additional events.

Excerpts from Stories that Make the World: Oral Literatures of the Indian Peoples of the Inland Northwest, Aripa, Yellowtail, et al, Edited by Rodney Frey as PDF's

A Little Bit of Wisdom: Conversations with a Nez Perce Elder, Axtell and Aragon

Perma Red, Debra Magpie Earling (Salish)

The Lesser Blessed, Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene)

Winter in the Blood, James Welch (Blackfoot/Gros Ventre)

Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection

Attendance and Participation  (25% of grade):
Consistent attendance is required. Please email me if you are ill or have a family emergency; these absences will be excused up to a point. If you have 5 unexcused absences you will fail the course.

Active participation is required, as the course is based on students' discussion of texts. Read all assignments in advance of class and always bring your text to class. For each reading, prepare a comment and question on the text to be discussed. If you don't like to write in your books, keep a reading journal specifically for this purpose. This will prepare you for class discussions. I may occasionally give short (typed) writing assignments.

Attendance at Events (5% of grade):
You are required to attend at least two course-related event on campus and submit a 2-3 page typed (double-spaced) report of what you experienced and how it relates to our course. You can earn extra credit by attending more than two events.  I will add Native-oriented events to our "Campus Events" button as I become aware of  them.

Group Presentations (15%)
You'll be assigned a text or essay to research and present to the class, as in a Graduate Seminar. Essentially  you'll teach the rest of the class what you have learned. Supply the class  with a handout--a summary of your presentation. 20-30 mins.

Essay Exams (30% of grade):
You will write three short essays of approximately 5-6 pages. I will provide topics you can choose from.

A Researched Essay or Multi-media Project, individual or group (25% of grade):
You will write one researched essay on a text, genre, or issue relevant to the course (see Final Project button). You will submit a 1-2 page proposal that will become an 8- 10 page researched essay (MLA format)


Directions for Final Paper Proposal and Final Paper

Proposal and Paper Assignment

: Submit a formal, typed (double-spaced, no more than 3 pages) paper proposal in which you tell me your idea for your researched essay: what problem or issue(s) do you plan to write about?

******Include a summary of an article you've read on this issue, that includes:
Name of author
    Title of article
     Source (journal title)
     3 major ideas from the article, and the potential specific usefulness of this
     article for the research essay.

In addition to the article report, provide a list of primary and additional secondary sources you may use in your essay. You do not need a specific thesis at this time, but rather an idea or a "burning question" you want to answer regarding some element of Native literature and life. The clearer you are, the more helpful the feedback I can give you.

Paper: Research and write a 8-10 page (plus Works Cited page) essay in MLA format. Your essay should be problem-based (see Final Project button). Create a topic you wish to learn more about, or a "burning question" you want to answer. Then  create a thesis based on it. You may focus on an author or group of authors, an issue or theme(s) (e.g., ceremony/the sacred, the legacy of colonialism in Native life, humor, historical trauma and healing, decolonization and empowerment, survivance, family and identity) or some other topic you create. You must use at least one primary source (novel,  poem, story) and at least two secondary sources (written about your topic and primary source).