About the Course
Indigenous peoples worldwide have deep cultural connections to specific places. Why are these connections important? What do they look like today? This 3-credit course examines the history, public policy, and environmental science behind present-day examples of Native American tribes and other indigenous peoples grappling with issues of sustainability, cultural preservation, and more. No prerequisites. Counts toward the Native American Studies Minor at NC State and may be used as an advised elective for other majors.
Are you a graduate student at NC State, Duke, NCCU or UNC interested in this course? Email Dr. Emanuel to discuss options for participating.
First taught in Spring 2018 as a small seminar, the course covers indigenous knowledges and issues related to sustainability and climate change with emphases on concepts that include colonialism, environmental justice, and the rights of indigenous peoples. Case studies focused on fossil fuel development, fishing rights, aquaculture, stream restoration, industrialized livestock production, and more.
The course is structured around overview presentations by Emanuel and case studies presented by experts and community members who are involved directly in relevant work. Students select readings on additional case studies and lead in-class discussions. A field trip provides an in-depth look at issues facing Native American tribes in North Carolina.