Many Nations of Native America provides students with an opportunity to develop a deep and broad understanding of key issues – both historic and contemporary – within Indigenous communities in the U.S and beyond. We do this through two broad approaches: First, we examine a broad set of historical and contemporary themes, events, and insights related to Indigenous peoples (e.g., conceptions of Peoplehood, settler colonialism, and Native resistance). Second, we use food as a lens through which we can understand issues related to culture, history, health and wellness, economics, social relations, and ways of knowing within three specific North American Indigenous peoples: The Tohono O’odham; The Peoples of the Arctic; and the Hopi.
This class is the introduction for all M.A. and Ph.D. students in American Indian Studies and is intended to present the main ideas and theories that are important for all graduates of the program and interested others to know and understand as being the core concepts of American Indian communities: Self governance/sovereignty; Land and sustainability; Native epistemologies and philosophies; Story; and Identity
You are what you eat. Food is about culture, wellness, economics, social relations, ways of knowing, and how we live with the natural world. This course explores the multilayered importance of food for the Native peoples of North America in the past, the present and the future. We begin with an exploration of Indigenous food systems across the continent, focusing on the causes and impacts of the dramatic changes over the past 100 years. We then explore how Native American communities are working to rebuild food sovereignty in the 21st century. We will meet with Native farmers, foragers and fishers leading these efforts. We will both dig deeply to understand food sovereignty efforts within one particular tribe – the Tohono O’odham – as well as engage in a broader exploration of the commonalities and diversity throughout Native North America. We will explore how Indigenous approaches can inform the broader global effort to create sustainable and just food systems.
Qualitative methods are an essential tool for social science research, and Indigenous and action methodologies provide particularly important perspectives on how to work in relationship with and in true collaboration with Indigenous communities. These approaches, however, must be theoretically grounded and rigorous. This course will prepare students to: • Articulate critiques of positivist approaches to research, including those leveled by Indigenous orientations, critical theory, post-colonialism, and others; • Provide theoretical justifications for the use of Indigenous and participatory action research methodologies; • Learn how to use multiple epistemologies and ways of knowing within the research process; • Explore key concepts, including research as emancipatory praxis; power sharing; storytelling as research; positionality; co-creation of knowledge; and relationship, trust and accountability. • Apply a variety of participatory action and Indigenous research strategies to their own projects (e.g., community mapping; storytelling and oral history; photovoice; participant observation).
This course, the summative experience for the Eller Undergraduate program, will explore the concept and avenues of innovation, broadly conceived, and its practical counterpart, entrepreneurship, as they connect to competitive advantage for individuals, institutions, even countries, with a particular focus on innovation in a 'wicked problem' domain. The course will thus provide students the opportunity to integrate and apply their cross-functional training to a real-world challenge of current interest to industry, policy makers, and society at large. The focus of the course is a semester-long innovation project through which students will learn and execute the components of the innovation process from the identification of a need or problem in the environment through the development of a coherent, viable plan for its fulfillment or solution. Both underlying knowledge and specific skills relevant to innovation will be covered, including conceptions of innovation; the innovation cycle; the innovation 'system' and regulatory environment; methods of environmental scanning and industry structure analysis; design thinking and creativity; scenario planning; intellectual property; strategic and organizational aspects of innovation success or failure; product/service development; estimation/projection/valuation; and plan development and presentation. The course culminates in a plan competition, with awards.