This course explores storytelling traditions of Native America by a range of contemporary writers while teaching mastery of college-level writing and composition skills.  We read stories from contemporary L/Dakota, Pueblo, Cherokee, Mohawk, Oneida, Hopi, Okanogan, and other indigenous authors, and we learn tools of close reading, literary interpretation, and analysis.  Additionally, a number of stories focus on the creation or destruction of the world (i.e., apocalypse) and how they furnish us with possible solutions for our current ecological crisis.  We also place Native stories in conversation with European stories like Genesis and Manifest Destiny and learn about how, as Thomas King asserts, “the truth about stories is that’s all we are.”

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