American Indian Studies
Native - Related Courses at Northwestern University
about courses at Northwestern University that are related to American Indian issues as well as information about local organizations, museums, and events.
Chicago Event calendar - at Chicago T7Kids
Panel on Historical Trauma
January 7 & 8, 2016
Karina Walters (Indigenous Wellness Center, University of Washington) and others
Sponosored by CINAS - details forthcoming
Stay tuned for more CINAS sponsored events throughout the year
NU Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance
For Native and other interested students
(formed in 2011-2012)
Faculty advisor: Doug Medin
For more information contact
Wilson Smith (NAISA President) at
Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies
The Graduate School
Maple Tapping, 2015
NorthbyNorthwestern (Kristin Mathuny)
Piecing Together: The American Indian Center of Chicago
and Northwestern's New Maple Tree Tapping Partnership
Vocalo Storytellers' Workshop in Chicago
The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
Be sure to check this website before registering for next quarter's classes to see the latest offerings
Classes originate in many departments, including
Psychology, Religion, Anthropology, History, Global Studies and American Studies
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GBL HLTH 305 Global Health and Indigenous Medicine
Medical pluralism-therapeutic landscapes within which multiple healing forms exist simultaneously-is largely the norm throughout many places in the world, and in those places, patients may choose healers or non-biomedical therapies instead of biomedical care, or in conjunction with this care. This seminar course explores a diversity of so-called `indigenous' medical systems and forms of healing around the world, and their significance within the places where global health initiatives are often implemented or where biomedical supremacy is assumed. Drawing on mostly contemporary examples, this course will explore healing encounters in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and also in Europe and North America that involve so-called `indigenous' or `traditional' medicine. Questions we will explore include: Why do patients choose `indigenous' medicine over biomedicine? Why do these so-called `traditional' medical practices and healers endure despite public health and biomedical interventions? How do non-biomedical therapeutic practices approach the body, illness, health, and healing? How has globalization impacted how, where, and among whom these healing forms are practiced?
GBL HLTH 390/ANTHRO 390 Native American Health
Native Americans experience significant disparities in health and in access to health care. This course introduces students to Native American health by exploring the social, cultural, political, and environmental determinants influencing Native health both historically and today. This course is a reading intensive, discussion-based seminar, drawing upon research and contributions from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, history, American Indian studies, population and public health, and medicine. Some seminar topics will include Native medicine, infectious diseases and the Columbian Exchange, Federal obligations to Native communities, substance abuse, intergenerational/historic trauma, environmental health, and indigenous health globally.
HIST 395 The Serpent's Tail: Writing Native Histories of the Americas
Learn about Northwestern's research on the Sand Creek Massacre by the
and about next steps by the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force
Read the Outreach and Inclusion Task Force report issued November 17, 2014, HERE
Provost's Office status report, February 11, 2015 HERE
Find out about community events and the American Indian community in Chicago by
visiting the American Indian Center website.
Visit the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston.
See the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for Indigenous Studies webpage to view their program offerings and to explore their extensive American Indian and Indigenous Studies collection.
updated - 7-14-15