Fall 2017 HC 444H/431H: Decolonizing Research: The Northern Paiute History Project

Fall Term, 2017-2018

Professor: Kevin Hatfield & Jennifer O'Neal

4 credits

  • CRN 12811: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ LIB 201

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: a Social Science Colloquium and an American Cultures multicultural class. If you have already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an American Cultures multicultural class.

This course is underpinned by the values of community-based, inter-cultural, de-colonizing, ethical, multidisciplinary research, and authentic discourse among Native and non-Native students, historians, scholars, and tribal community course partners. Through collaborations and shared decision-making about research topics, modes of inquiry, categories of analysis, dissemination of knowledge, and philosophies of scholarship with members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Burns Paiute Tribe, the course will position students to create new knowledge and contribute original research to this field of study.

Students will enjoy the opportunity to read examples of such multicultural research collaborations, and discuss the work with the authors, including James Gardner’s forthcoming book, "Oregon Apocalypse: The Hidden History of the Northern Paiute," and tribal community course partners, and engage in in-depth discussions and oral history with tribal members, including Wilson Wewa and Myra Johnson Orange. The instructors work collaboratively with tribal community course members to develop research protocols, as well as topics and questions for the students to examine as part of their in-depth historical research project that is then shared back with the tribal communities at the end of the term.