Destiny: Welcoming the Unknown


WARNING! We will not overenroll this course. If you are not on the class enrollment list by the first day of class, you will not be admitted. We are going to limit enrollment to 48 students, so you may want to look elsewhere if you are on the waiting list. Students new to the program will need to complete some readings (on reserve at the library) and submit a synposis of them. Please see info for new students, on page 3 of the Winter Preview.

The syllabus, reading schedule, and covenant will be available soon, viewable (and printable) in pdf form.

FALL ONLY: Questions? The answer might be in the frequently asked questions.

FALL ONLY: A web-based schedule and anouncement board is available. Look here for information about Raul's seminar, and his workshop!

Kristina Ackley Lab I 1011 Ext. 6020
Corky Clairmont TBA TBA
Arlen Speights (Images in Film segment) Seminar 4168 Ext. 5076
Weekly Schedule
We have assigned students to Kristina's reading seminar and Corky's studio/seminar. Each student will have seminar twice per week - once with Kristina and once with Corky. Class Roster (pdf).
All Program Meeting Times (all students attend both)
10am - 12pm All Program Meeting Cedar Room, Longhouse
9am - 12pm All Program Meeting/Film Component Cedar Room, Longhouse
Kristina's Reading Seminar Times (students will be assigned one)
1pm - 3pm Seminar A Group Cedar Room, Longhouse
1pm - 3pm Seminar B Group Cedar Room, Longhouse
Corky's Studio/Seminar Times (students will be assigned one)
1pm - 4pm Studio A Group Arts Annex 2109
6:30pm - 9:30pm Studio B Group Arts Annex 2109
9am - 12pm Studio C Group Arts Annex 2109
Workshop Meeting Times (if registered for 16 credits, choose one*)
1pm - 4pm Kristina's Workshop Cedar Room, Longhouse
Sundays: January 13, February 3, February 24, March 17*
1pm-4pm Workshop Cedar Room, Longhouse
*The Bridge Program will probably be limited to students who were already in it during the fall quarter. Students will probably go to the morning sessions only and will be expected to complete independent projects within their modules to earn the full 4 credits.
Robert Berkhofer, The White Man's Indian: Images of the American Indian from Columbus to the Present, Knopf, 1979.
Alexandra Harmon, Indians in the Making: ethnic Relations and Indian Identities around Puget Sound, University of California Press, 2000.
Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, Celluloid Indians: Native Americans and Film, University of Nebraska Press, 1999.
Brenda Child, Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, University of Nebraska Press, 2000.
Wilma Mankiller, Mankiller: A chief and Her People,St Martin's, 1993.
Michael Dorris, A Yellow Raft in Blue Water,Warner Books, 1987.
In addition, there is at least one text for each workshop. For Kristina's workshop only:
Winona LaDuke, All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, South End Press, 1999.
Useful Links
WebX Discussion Groups
Native American and World Indigenous Peoples Studies
Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute
The Longhouse
Healthy Communities: A Gathering Place (reservation based / community determined program)
The Evergreen State College home page
Program/Portfolio Expectations
Seminar Work:
You will be responsible for weekly papers to prepare yourself for seminar. You will work on some of these ideas in your studio/seminar, using watercolor as a medium. Students will also read Native American Art magazine for their studio seminar.
Seminar Facilitators:
You will work in small groups to facilitate the reading seminar at once during the quarter.
Research Paper:
You will complete a final research paper (5-7 pages) on a topic of your choice. Drafts are due throughout the quarter.
Art Exhibition:
Students will exhibit work from their Studio/Seminar during week 9.
Images in Film Paper:
You will complete a short paper based on a synthesis of ideas presented in the "Indian Images in Film" component.
Field Trip:
We may have a day field trip to Seattle or to the Squaxin Island Tribal Museum. Students will be required to ride in the school vans and pay a field trip fee.
Electronic Media:
Students will participate in online discussions through Web Crossing.
Study Groups:
Students will continue their study groups for discussion and peer review.
Final Presentation:
During week ten, you will present your research to your classmates.
At the end of the quarter, you must write a self-evaluation and faculty evaluation.
Your participation is essential to all aspects of the course, and especially to seminar. Please remember that absence from class is a fundamental form of non-participation, and that a passive presence at moments requiring active involvement is only slightly better.

Destiny: Welcoming the Unknown explores the idea of destiny in different historical, political, and cultural contexts.

Every community has a story that explains the "destiny" of a people, that is, its necessary or inevitable fate. This program will examine the dynamic interaction between continuity and change in Indigenous societies.

There are three concepts that we'll take a deliberate interest in. First, the notion that tradition is that which changes slowest. Second, an extended conception of Indigenous history beyond the prevailing pre-contact/post-contact dichotomy. Third, manifest destiny and its deconstruction, especially its distortions of the directions that indigenous peoples are going in.

We will move from our examination of stories of Western nationalism in a global context, where we have been critically analyzing the concept of colonialism and structures of power to a focus on how these topics affect Native American Studies. We will examine the contrasting stories of destiny of different Native American communities. Will these communities be allowed to determine their own destinies, or will it be thrust upon them? These struggles and debates over reclaiming authority and reconciling values for their survival will be of particular interest to us. Winter quarter we will have a new faculty member, Corky Clairmont, who is a visiting faculty from the Salish-Kootenai Tribal College. He will be integrating art into the overall curriculum. He will take a particular interest in exploring how art has changed and how Native artists creatively re-imagine themselves in order to reclaim strength and voice. There will be a focus on Federal Indian Law and Policy, giving students an understanding of the policies and laws that affect all tribal groups in the continental United States, as well as contrasting the situation of Alaskan and Hawaiian Natives. We will also have an Indian Images in Film component. The film component will aim to develop a critically articulate way of looking at native characters in American films.

Throughout the course of the program, we will stress the importance of local knowledge in indigenous communities. We will also continually examine gender relations, weaving our analysis throughout our studies. This program can either be taken for 12 or 16 credits. Students registered for 16 credits in the winter quarter will participate in their choice of a workshop: indigenous environmental issues or a bridge program with the Reservation-Based program. Students registered in the bridge program with the Reservation-Based program will also have the option of enrolling in a printmaking module.

There is nothing mysterious or natural about authority. It is formed, irradiated, disseminated; it is instrumental, it is persuasive; it has status, it establishes canons of taste and value; it is virtually indistinguishable from certain ideas it dignifies as true, and from traditions, perceptions, and judgments it forms, transmits, reproduces. Above all, authority can, indeed must, be analyzed.
-Edward Said, Orientalism