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NAS Minor - Required Courses

NAS 101: Introduction to Native American Studies

This course is designed to be an introductory survey course. It will examine American Indian social, philosophical, spiritual, and cultural aspects in historical and contemporary society. It is a study of Native Americans, focusing on diverse and distinct cultural areas and historical events. American Indian people from the past to the present provide the student with a different perspective on lifestyle, culture change, and history of North America. This course will introduce the student to the Native American experience, addressing various tribes/regions of the Americas. It will examine the issues and experiences of native people from a variety of perspectives, using resources produced by native people themselves as well as by non-natives who have studied Native cultures.

NAS 102: Introduction to Wabanaki Culture, History, and Contemporary Issues

Introduction to Wabanaki Culture, History, and Contemporary Issues This interdisciplinary course will provide an overview of the tribes that make up the Wabanaki Confederacy, the Penobscot, the Passamaquoddy, the Maliseet and the Micmac. It will provide a survey of the individual tribes’ history, culture, philosophy, and creation stories, as well as a brief overview of Canadian, U.S., and Maine Indian history. It examines the world view, way of life, art, and literatures in detail of the Native nations which make up the Wabanaki Confederacy, in addition to discussion about the confederacy itself and its impact. This course will discuss and explore current issues and concerns, as well as critical concepts such as sovereignty, treaty rights, and tribal government.

NAS 490: Theory and Research Methods in Native American Studies

Theory and Research Methods in Native American Studies This course is an advanced seminar in Native American Studies and serves as the culmination course for the Native American Studies minor. It will focus on two aspects of the discipline of Native Studies: the theory of the discipline and the research methods appropriate in such a discipline. It will present, analyze, and critique the discipline and provide an introduction to finding and critiquing information and resources in Native American Studies It will emphasize research paradigms and research techniques useful for interpreting materials and collections dealing with Native American Studies.

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Native American Studies
5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 581-1417 | Fax: 581-4760E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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