History 107 (201) Global Indigenous Histories
In North America, the significance of Indigenous history is hard to miss. Unresolved Aboriginal title throughout much of British Columbia keeps topics like treaties and pipelines in the news, while the abuses of the residential schools have focused Canada’s attention on its colonial legacy. South of the 49th parallel, Native American issues are an important part of the US scene, from casinos and fishing rights to national rituals like Thanksgiving and Columbus Day/International Day of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. In this course, we will explore the broad sweep of encounters between Indigenous and colonial societies over the past five centuries, with an emphasis on connecting contemporary issues to their historical origins and global contexts. Topics will include traditional practices, land claims, educational assimilation, cultural appropriation, urban migration, environmental justice, religious and linguistic revival, human rights and citizenship, and political activism. Because Indigenous peoples around the world face similar colonial policies and practices, and take part in similar struggles for cultural recognition and political rights, we will draw on examples from places as far-flung as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Mexico, South Africa, China, Norway, and Brazil. This course will also introduce students to basic historical practice, including doing history in solidarity with Indigenous communities, nations, and agendas.