From Ceremony to Smoke Signals: American Indian Voices in Fiction and Film
Since the beginning of the “Native American Renaissance” in the 1960s, American Indian writers have been addressing the continued effects of Indian Removal. Literary representations of displacement often portray alienation, resistance, survival, mixed identity, and individual and communal isolationism. These concepts are essential to understanding the notion of place and identity that are interlinked for many American Indians. In this course, we will complicate our understanding of “home” and what this means for indigenous peoples throughout the United States. We will explore diverse tribal and national narratives to trace the ways in which tribal affiliation shapes the representation of cultural and national identities. Seminar includes a field trip to the National Museum of the American Indian in New York.