Native Studies Minor

Prayer Bundle offered at the rededication of the BraffertonThe interdisciplinary Native Studies minor is open to students of any major.

Students interested in the minor may enroll in a range of courses in Native history, literature, art history, archaeology, ethnography, museum studies and linguistics.  The minor in Native Studies is designed for those students who wish to explore the  culture, history, language and collective identities of the Native peoples of the Americas and Polynesia, and who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge regarding tribal affairs, education and public policies at the local and global level. Within the Department of Anthropology students may pursue these subjects in courses in archaeology, biological and cultural anthropology and linguistic studies.

Dr. Ashley Atkins Spivey (Pamunkey) serves as the Tribal Liaison for the Native Studies minor and the American Indian Resource Center.  The following scholars from a variety of departments offer courses in the minor:

Dr. Adela Amaral
Dr. Michael Blakey
Dr. Kathleen Bragdon-Brown
Dr. Andrew Fisher
Dr. William Fisher
Dr. Gray Gundaker
Dr. Audrey Horning
Dr. Jennifer Kahn
Dr. Michelle Lelievre
Dr. Jack Martin
Dr. Danielle Moretti-Langholtz
Dr. Kara Thompson
Dr. Susan Webster

Students enrolled in the Native Studies minor may choose from over two dozen courses which focus on specific regions, pasts and cultural aspects of native peoples throughout the Americas, in addition to technical courses on language, material culture, museology and human biology.  Selected courses listed below are eligible for credit in the Native Studies minor.

Course Number   Course Name
ANTH 201 Lost Worlds and Archaeology
ANTH 302 Ethnographic Research
ANTH 323 Indians of North America
ANTH 324 Indians of the Southwest
ANTH 325 Sun Dance People: Indians of the Great Plains
ANTH 330 Caribbean Cultures
ANTH 338 Native Cult of Latin America
ANTH 350 Study of American Indians
ANTH 350 Building the Brafferton
ANTH 371 Idea of Race
ANTH 470 Archaeologies of Virtue
ANTH 470 Societal Collapse
ARTH 396 Art of the Andes
ARTH 489 Collecting the New World
ENGL 417 Indigenous Literature
HIST 131 Latin American History to 1824
HIST 132/
LAS 131
Survey of Latin American History Since 1824
HIST 226 American West 1890-
HIST 237 American Indian History to 1763
HIST 238 American Indian History Since 1763
LING 420 Caribbean Linguistics
MUSC 241 Worlds of Music
RELG 345

Religion, Colonialism, and Nationalism in North America

AMST 370/
ANTH 350
Local / Indigenous Knowledges
ANTH 350 Peoples and Culture of Polynesia
ENGL 417 Indigenous Literature
HIST 131/
LAS 131
Latin American History to 1824
LING 474 Language Documentation

AMST 470

 ANTH 484
Exhibiting Cultures

Drs Gallivan and Moretti-Langholtz examine artifacts from WerowocomocoThe Native Studies minor foregrounds faculty and students' civic engagement with native communities, and addresses such themes as the emergence of global forces in local contexts; multiple flows and interconnections among peoples around the globe; and community-centric, ecologically-balanced, and culturally-sensitive modes of reasoning, living, and commitment. Child and minder in AmazoniaThe minor brings to the fore classes, conversation and experiences central to the College's knowledge domains: Culture, Societies, and the Individual; Arts, Letters and Values; and, the Natural World and Quantitative Reasoning.  The interdisciplinary minor also acknowledges the College's historical ties to the American Indians of the Mid-Atlantic Region, which began with the establishment of the Brafferton Indian School in 1723; continued with the founding of the American Indian Resource Center in the Anthropology Department in 1998; and which shows clearly in the wide-ranging research in Native Studies by W&M faculty across disciplines.

In conjunction with the class COLL 300 "Indigenous Views on Place, Spirituality, and Wellness in the 21st Century" we were pleased to host in November 2016.  Wilson Wewa is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, where he has served on the Tribal Council and assists with the Warm Springs Senior Wellness Center. He travels widely for tribal gatherings, funerals, and rituals throughout the Great Basin homeland of the Northern Paiutes, gaining additional insights into Paiute history, legends, and spirituality.

On November 16th, 2017 Professor Sarah Deer (Creek Nation ) will speak on sexual violence among native women.

For more information about the minor, please contact Dr. Danielle Moretti-Langholtz at [[w|dmoret]].