Native Studies Minor

Prayer Bundle offered at the rededication of the BraffertonA new minor in Native Studies will begin officially in the Spring of 2017.  Courses taken in Fall 2016 may count towards the minor.  The 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 history, culture, 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, linguistic studies, biological and cultural anthropology. 

The program offers over a dozen courses which consider specific regions, pasts and cultural aspects of native peoples throughout the Americas, in addition to technical courses on language, past material culture, museology and human biology.  These courses are listed below; further below you will find elegible course for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017.

Course Number   Course Name
ANTH 201 Lost Worlds and Archaeology
ANTH 302 Ethnographic Research
ANTH 323 Indinans of North America
ANTH 324 Indians of the Southwest
ANTH 325 Sun Dance People
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

Summer 2017
Course Number Course Name
ANTH 201 Lost Worlds and Archaeology
ANTH 323  Indians of North America
HIST 226 American West, 1890 -
HIST American Indian History Since 1763
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Name

AMST 350/
ANTH 371

Idea of Race
AMST 370/
ANTH 350
Local / Indigenous Knowledges
ANTH 201 Lost Worlds and Archaeology
ANTH 323 Indians of North America
ANTH 325 Sun Dance People
ANTH 338 Native Cult of Latin America
ANTH 350 Peoples and Culture of Polynesia
ANTH 470 Societal Collapse
ARTH 396 Art of the Andes
ARTH 489 Collecting the New World
ENGL 417 Indigenous Literature
HIST 131/
LAS 131
Latin American History to 1824
HIST 226 American West, 1890 -
LING 474 Language Documentation
MUSC 241 Worlds of Music

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", you are invited to a special presentation by Wilson Wewa, on Wednesday, November 16th, from 5pm - 6:30pm at the Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium.  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.


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