Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Edmunds, R Dave
Discipline and Number
HIST 6390 Section 001
R Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
The Plains Indians

Description of Course:

This course will examine the histories and cultures of the Native American people who resided/reside on the Great Plains and will discuss their relationship to their environment, to each other, and to the non-Indian people whom they have encountered. The chronological scope of the course will begin in the pre-Columbian period and continue through the late 20th century. Students will investigate Native Americans' adaptation to life in a relatively hostile environment and will assess how changing patterns of adaptation enabled tribal people on the plains to develop and defend their communities. The course will discuss Native American attempts to defend their homelands during the 18th and 19th centuries, and will also investigate why stereotypical images of Plains Indians have always appealed to non-Indians. Finally, the course will assess the role of Plains tribes in the modern United States.

Required Texts:

Edmunds, Hoxie, and Salisbury, THE PEOPLE: A HISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICA.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be required to regularly attend class, complete all assigned readings, participate in class discussions, and periodically make oral presentations to the class. Students also will be required to complete a major research paper focusing upon a subject of their choice within the broader spectrum of Plains Indian culture or history.

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