This course offers the opportunity to discuss modern literature from “Native North America,” i.e. the current indigenous peoples of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. To enhance our understanding and appreciation of the literature, we will take a contextual analysis approach. For example, we’ll look at artwork, listen to music, and watch films. Artists include Bunky Echo-Hawk, musicians include A Tribe Called Red, and films include Frozen River and Reel Injun.
Award-winning authors popular in book clubs, such as Luis Alberto Urrea, activists like Gloria Anzaldúa, and First Nations authors Richard van Camp and Daniel Heath Justice provide essays and stories of realism, magical realism, spirituality, and sexuality. Adding their specific cultural perspective on these same themes are authors from nations such as the Comanche, Navajo, Assiniboine, Osage, Dakota, Cherokee, and Ojibwe.
You may choose to volunteer at the Austin Powwow and join the class in a visit to the Mexic-Arte Museum. You may independently or collaboratively produce a piece of creative writing or a work of art to submit for consideration and publication in ACC’s literary and arts journal, The Rio Review.
Come broaden your reading experience while also discovering the common ground between us and the modern-day indigenous people of Native North America.