AMCULT 405 - Topics in American Culture
Section: 002 Race and Black Indians
Term: WN 2013
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
Minicourse meeting 01/09/13-02/27/13. Drop/Add Deadline = 01/22/13. Students can make changes on Wolverine Access themselves.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This seven week mini course is a special winter 2013 offering for the LSA Theme Semester on Race. The course will introduce students to a range of issues and experiences related to the topic and identity category of “Black Indians.” Popularized in the 1980s by a book of the same title, the term “Black Indians” is often used to identify and describe people of mixed-race African American and Native American ancestry. It is also applied to people with strong bi-cultural connections across these groups who may or may not have Black and native “blood” ties. This class will explore and analyze three major aspects of our subject matter:

  1. historical contexts for the interactions of Africans, African Americans and Native Americans;
  2. personal experiences stemming from mixed race and bi-cultural Afro-Native identities;
  3. meanings and effects of “racial stories” that have been crafted and told about “Black Indians” over time.

Major themes and ideas that will emerge in our discussions include: indigeneity, European and U.S. colonialism, slavery, racial formation and racial hierarchy, mixed-race coupling and family making, tribal sovereignty, personal and community identities, and racial and cultural authenticity.

Intended Audience:

This is a combined short lecture/discussion course that is designed to function as an introduction to the subject matter. Students at all levels are welcome to enroll.

AMCULT 405 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: AMCULT 405, Section 001 with Professor La Fountain-Stokes is taught in Spanish. Please contact the instructor for permission to enroll in this course.
002 (SEM)
TuTh 2:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9781588342713
IndiVisible : African-Native American lives in the Americas, Author: general editor, Gabrielle Tayac., Publisher: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in association with the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service 1st ed. 2009
ISBN: 9781442446366
Black Indians : a hidden heritage, Author: written by William Loren Katz., Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Atheneum B
ISBN: 9780822338659
Crossing waters, crossing worlds : the African diaspora in Indian country, Author: edited by Tiya Miles and Sharon P. Holland., Publisher: Duke University Press 2006
ISBN: 9780803261945
Confounding the color line, Author: edited by James F. Brooks., Publisher: University of Nebraska Press 2002
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