This course is an interdisciplinary analysis of the history of the Indigenous peoples of the American South. Throughout the semester, we will develop a sophisticated understanding of the development of Southeastern Indian societies over time and across place since prior to the arrival of Europeans until the modern day. Scholars of the Native South critique the "black and white" master narrative of Southern history and suggest that an inclusive perspective with Native people at its heart enriches the stories we tell about this region. We seek to understand how Native people in this region formed, maintained, and evolved as distinct groups united (and sometimes divided) by experience, belief, and action. This class is an immersion into the sixteenth through twentieth centuries as lived by the ancestors of those Native communities that call the South home today or look to it as their ancestral homeland.
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.