For a complete list of courses and course descriptions please see the University Catalog.  For further questions please contact the department.

Spring 2022 Course Offerings


NAS 101 0001-LEC 24644, Intro to Native American Studies, TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm, Williams Hall 140, 3cr.
Max Enrollment: 50, Instructor: John Bear Mitchell
Course Description: This course will survey American Indian social, philosophical and cultural aspects in historical and contemporary society. It examines the issues and experiences of Native people from a variety of perspectives. Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts & Institutions and Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives requirements. Prerequisites: None

NAS 101 0990-LEC 24645, Introduction to Native American Studies, WEB-ONLINE ONLY, 3cr.
Max Enrollment: 60, Instructor: Lisa Neuman
Course Description: This course will survey American Indian social, philosophical and cultural aspects in historical and contemporary society. It examines the issues and experiences of Native people from a variety of perspectives. Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts & Institutions and Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives requirements. Prerequisites: None

NAS 101 WINT-LEC 24646, Introduction to Native American Studies, WINTER-ONLINE ONLY, 3cr.
Max Enrollment: 50, Instructor: John Bear Mitchell
Course Description: This course will survey American Indian social, philosophical, spiritual, and cultural aspects in historical and contemporary society. It examines the issues and experiences of Native people from a variety of perspectives. Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts & Institutions and Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives requirements. Prerequisites: None

NAS 102 0860-LEC 24684, Intro to Wabanaki Culture/History/Issues, T 4:00-6:50pm, Williams Hall 140, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 50, Instructor: John Bear Mitchell
Course Description: This course provides 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’ historic, cultures, philosophic, and creation stories, as well as a brief overview of Canadian, U.S., and Maine Indian history. This course will discuss and explore current issues and concerns as well as critical concepts such as sovereignty, treaty rights, and tribal government.

NAS 203 0180-LEC 26312/MLC 190 0180-LEC 24165​, Wabanaki Language II, TH 5:00-7:50pm, ONLINE LIVE, 3cr.
Max Combined Enrollment: 24, Instructor: Roger Paul
Course Description: Wabanaki Languages 2 is intended for students that have finished level 1 or those who have a knowledge of Wabanaki vocabulary. This class will focus on short interactions and sentence structure. Students will be introduced to the Passamaquoddy-Wolastoqey writing system and will create sentences to present and discuss in class. Manipulation of verb phrases and some morphology will help students read and comprehend Wabanaki sentences. Students will be able to prepare and deliver a short presentation to the class in a Wabanaki Language

NAS 230 0001-LEC 26154/HTY​ ​222 0001-LEC 26153​, ME Indian History in the 20th Century, MWF 9:00-9:50am, Stevens Hall 365, 3cr.
Max Combined Enrollment: 35, Instructor: Micah Pawling
Course Description: Too often Native people are relegated to the distant past, leading society to have misunderstandings about indigenous communities today.  This course introduces students to Wabanaki history of Maine and eastern Canada in the twentieth century.  The term Wabanaki is all-inclusive term that refers primarily to the Mi’kmaqs, Maliseets, Passamaquoddies, and Penobscots, along with other Abenaki groups.  The tribal homeland encompasses present-day northern New England, the Maritime provinces, and southern Quebec. We will explore the variety of ways Wabanaki experiences deviated from the national narrative on American Indians and examine when Native challenges were in lockstep with western tribes in the twentieth century. The course considers the interplay between cultural traditions and modernity. The regional scope highlights local developments.  We will investigate prominent themes of resistance, accommodation, activism, sovereignty, water, and cultural survival. Wabanaki people were positive actors in their own affairs, not passive pawns subdued by forces beyond their control. The course will provide context to contemporary challenges Wabanaki people confront.  As one tribal historian astutely noted, “I can never give up hope, like my ancestors never gave up hope.” This course satisfies these General Education requirements: Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives; Population and the Environment.

NAS 298 0001-IND 24984, Directed Study in Native American Studies,
Max Enrollment Combined: 10, Instructor: Darren Ranco
Course Description: Individual study, research, field experience and writing projects in Native American Studies.  May be repeated for credit.  Arranged upon request.  Prerequisite: NAS 101 and permission

NAS 401 0001-LEC 24791/HTY​ ​481 0001-LEC 24791​, American Indians of the Northeast: A History, MWF 11:00-11:50am, Stevens Hall 365, 3cr.
Max Combined Enrollment: 40, Instructor: Micah Pawling
Course Description: This course explores the significance Native American history from a regional perspective, with an emphasis on the diversity of indigenous peoples, homelands, and identity. While the term Northeast encompasses the northern Atlantic seaboard, west to the Ohio River Valley and the Great Lakes region, and north to Hudson Bay, our primary focus extends beyond New England and eastern Canada to better appreciate human movement, dispossession, and the formation of new homelands and villages. From indigenous lifeways before European arrival to the close of the twentieth century, Native peoples of the Northeast have survived over 500 years of European colonization. For survival, Native leaders made decisions about alliance formations, treaty negotiations, and cultural adaptations.  Since Native American history is too often relegated to the distant past, this course explores recent challenges that they confronted. The aim of this course is to understand Indigenous history from their own perspectives. Students will be introduced to the method of ethnohistory that can reveal indigenous voices in the past. We will investigate prominent themes of resistance, accommodation, activism, sovereignty, water, and cultural survival. As one ethnohistorian wrote, Native peoples “were positive actors in their own affairs, not passive pawns subdued by forces beyond their control.” 

NAS 401 0002-LEC 24792/ARH​ ​495 0001-SEM 24262​, Indigenous American Photography, M 12:00-2:50pm, Lord Hall 100, 3cr.
Max Combined Enrollment: 15, Instructor: Claire Raymond
Course Description: This seminar engages the history of photography in America in its relationship to Indigenous Americans, focusing mainly on photography created by Indigenous Americans in the 20th and 21 st centuries. Engaging critical race theory as our mode of approach, in this course, we begin with an overview study of how the process of colonization deployed the camera and photography so as to assert control over Indigenous Americans. But from that painful history, we move into study of photographic and filmic works of modern and contemporary Indigenous American photographers and filmmakers. The goal of the course is to explore and better understand how the photographic image, as leveraged by Indigenous Americans, redresses and decolonizes the social landscape of our United States, and to honor the art works of these photographers. The course aims to sharpen and deepen students’ understanding of American history of photography through the lens (literal and figurative) of Indigenous American photographers. Students will also develop and hone writing skills in this writing intensive course.

NAS 498 0001-IND 24985, Directed Study in Native American Studies,
Max Enrollment: 10, Instructor: Darren Ranco
Course Description: Advanced individual study, research, field experiences and writing projects in Native American Studies.  May be repeated for credit.  Arranged upon request.  Department Consent Required.  Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing and NAS 101 and one additional course within the Native American Studies minor and permission

For questions or permission, please contact: Native American Programs office at 207.581.1417 or email Jen Bowen at jennifer.bowen@maine.edu