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Graduate School

    The University of Maine
  Jan 16, 2018
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ANT 430 - Who Owns Native Cultures?

The answer to the simple question of who owns native American/American Indian/indigenous cultures and cultural productions is surprisingly complex and engages the history of anthropology and the nature of anthropological knowledge itself.  This course will examine the evolving relationships between anthropologists, historians, and other researchers with indigenous peoples (in particular American Indians) and what kinds of ethical and legal relationships have evolved over time to address this question.  It will also look at the ways in which contemporary cultural resource management by indigenous peoples serves as a key articulation of indigenous nationhood and sovereignty.  Special attention will be given to recent scholarship by indigenous researchers that decolonizes standard academic practices and roots the ownership of Native cultures and research in native communities.

Prerequisites & Notes
ANT 102 or NAS 101 or permission.

Credits: 3