Friday, September 4, 2009

Syllabus: Native American Literature


House Made of Dawn by M. Scott Momaday
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
Here First: Autobiographical Esssays by Native American Writers edited by Arnold Krupat and Brian Swann
Riding the Earthboy 40 by James Welch
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
American Indian Literatures edited by LaVonne Brown Ruoff

Black Robe directed by Bruce Beresford
Smoke Signals directed by Chris Eyre
Incident at Oglala directed by Michael Apted
The Exiles directed by Kent Mackenzie


Mariee Sioux, Faces in the Rocks

Field Trips:

Wounded Knee Mass Burial Gravesite, South Dakota
Battle of Little Bighorn Historic Site, Wyoming
Native American Film Festival, Los Angeles

Course Objectives:

Have you heard M. Scott Momaday speak. What do we do with our knowledge. Do you know about L. Frank Baum's comment regarding Native Americans. What is a Reservation, what is life like there. Think about names. Feeling heavy. Story telling, why and how does that become a talent for a people. What about casinos. Sorry this is Lakota specific, suggest otherwise. Do you know about the 1973 military and FBI takeover of the Pine Ridge Reservation. How do we overcome.

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