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Native American Studies

Understanding that there is no single “Native American” perspective, this program explores Native American histories and cultures through varied Native community experiences and points of view. This multi-disciplinary curriculum, which is open to all undergraduate students, is aimed to lead you to:

  • An informed comprehension of Native American histories and distinct Native American colonial experiences;
  • Insightful consideration of varied Native American social, cultural, and political perspectives, including contemporary community priorities;
  • Scholarly appreciation for Native American arts and literature as tools for cultural interpretation; and
  • A deeper understanding of ancestral and contemporary Native American communities on the Columbia Plateau and Gonzaga’s intellectual and spiritual connection to this homeland.

Are you seeking events related to Indigenous Peoples' Day and Native American Heritage Month?

NTAS is happy to recommend eight sessions from the 2021 virtual National Council on Public History conference. The presentations feature work Indigenous professionals and their allies are doing to get Native/Indigenous-centered interpretation in front of public audiences. These narratives reinforce tribal political and cultural sovereignty and serve as more examples of dynamic Native/Indigenous voices and why we need to be in charge of telling our own stories.

The sessions are available now through November 30th.

There is no need to register for anything and they are free to view. In Native American Studies, every day is Indigenous Peoples' Day and every month is Native American Heritage Month. Enjoy!

Native American Heritage Month | NCPH 2021 Sessions


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Spokane, WA 99258