History 464 (101) First Contacts in the Pacific




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This course has three major components. First, we will examine contacts between and among diverse peoples in many of the places that came to be known as “the Pacific World”: Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, the Northwest Coast, and elsewhere, focusing mostly on the 17th to 19th centuries (but reaching back to the first peopling of these territories). Second, we will explore the challenges – theoretical, moral, methodological, and beyond – of cultural encounter. Third, we will make connections between early contacts the present day, thinking critically about the legacies of events that are not really in the past at all. While there are no prerequisites for this course, students are strongly encouraged to come with some background in Indigenous issues.