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Indigenous peoples in the Americas, from ancient to contemporary times…

About the Instructor

Along with his “bread and butter” course, American Indian Experience, Dr. Anthony Castanha has taught a wide variety of courses in Ethnic Studies and Political Science at UH Mānoa since 2000. He has been an Indigenous rights activist for many years and is author of The Myth of Indigenous Caribbean Extinction.

For inquiries: email Dr. Castanha at: castanha@hawaii.edu

Summer 1 (ONLINE Asynchronous)

This course provides a comprehensive look at the Indigenous foundations of life and societal development in the Americas. We will explore some of the origins and traditions of Indigenous peoples from ancient times to socio-cultural, political, anthropological, and ethical importance of contemporary Indigenous rights issues and issues related to the future. The course presents another side of the story to a largely blanketed history within the mainstream American educational system. On a hemispheric level, this includes dispelling extinction myths; critiquing the meaning of concepts such as “discovery,” conquest, primitivism, and essentialism; looking at how Native advancements in agriculture, medicine, architecture, science, engineering, and governance have influenced current-day societies, and examining contemporary Indigenous peoples’ battles over resources and land rights.

Students do assignments, write papers, and address issues contextually within certain time frames and with attention to their own Native backgrounds or groups they are interested in.

Fulfills the general educational requirement: DH, ETH, WI

Updated 12/01/2021