ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Section: 001 Indians and Anthropologists
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior and above.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

“Indians and Anthropologists” explores the complex and at times contentious relationship between the indigenous peoples of North America and the anthropologists who have studied, collaborated with, and/or worked for them. Our discussions begin with the very public and candid Native American critique of anthropology, which charges that anthropologists (called “anthros”) are scientists whose perspectives are biased by colonial and often racist assumptions. This criticism originally took anthropologists by surprise because they saw themselves as preserving and promoting a greater understanding of Native American cultures. To contextualize this critique, we briefly review the history of anthropology in North America and examine changes in the field over the past three decades. Next, we examine topics that have recently sparked debate between Native communities and anthropologists, including repatriation, the importance of oral traditions, and representations of Native Americans in museums. Finally, we will explore current examples of how anthropologists and Native North American peoples are working together, often forming partnerships for the benefit of Native communities. Students will learn about the on-going dialogue and debates between “Indians” and “Anthros” through lectures, student-led discussions, and readings by historians, Native authors, and anthropologists in all four subfields of anthropology (cultural, biological, linguistic and archaeology). Students will integrate information learned in the classroom to real-world experiences through writing assignments, including reflections on experiences at the University of Michigan Pow Wow and museum exhibits. The text for this course is Indians and Anthropologists: Vine Deloria, Jr. and the Critique of Anthropology edited by Biolsi and Zimmerman, which will be supplemented by readings available on ctools.

ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: (Meets with Women's Studies 431.008)
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ISBN: 0816516073
Indians and anthropologists : Vine Deloria, Jr., and the critique of anthropology, Author: ed. by Thomas Biolsi ...., Publisher: Univ. of Arizona Pr. 1. print. 1997
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