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LIT 363 Native American Oral and Written Narratives

The course surveys a variety of Indigenous oral and written narrative expressions (for example, bilingual texts and pictographic texts) from different regions, including Dakota, Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, and Potawatomi communities, as well as a possible inclusion of First Nations and Métis narratives. Students will explore themes and concepts central to Indigenous individuals, groups, and communities with a culturally-,historically-, and futuristically-informed analytical approach to literary study. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 14, 2023 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Integrate and apply critical Indigenous interpretive frameworks to analyses of a variety of Indigenous expressive arts, including Dakota, Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, and Potawatomi arts and literatures.
  • Examine overarching themes and topics in Indigenous nation-specific historical and contemporary experiences such as, but not limited to, survivance, settler colonialism, decolonization, sovereignty, identity and authenticity, cultural continuity, migration, language, spirituality, economics and politics, urban and reservation life, self-determination, protest and resistance, boarding schools, Indigenized spaces and places, violence and trauma, Two-spirit and indigiqueer perspectives, and race and racism.
  • Understand and apply culturally compatible literary terms, theoretical concepts, reading strategies, and analytical methods connected to the study of Indigenous literatures and arts (i.e., tribal critical race theory, pan-Indigenous identity, intersectionality, settler colonial studies, land and treaty rights, genocide, white supremacy, and whiteness)
  • Read and respond to Indigenous literatures and arts with sensitivity to current forms of racism, and the legacy of racism and attacks on Indigenous cultures and communities and the lasting effects of white supremacy on Indigenous artistic, educational, economic, legal, and political institutions.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Native American Oral and Written Narratives Danforth, Pauline Brunette Books for LIT-363-50 Spring 2024 Course details for LIT-363-50 Spring 2024