Native American/Euro-American Encounters: Confrontations of Bodies and Beliefs

  • Faculty: Christine Croxall
  • Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 330

This course surveys the history and historiography of how Native Americans, Europeans, and Euro-Americans reacted and adapted to one another’s presence in North America from the 1600s to the mid-1800s, focusing on themes of religion and gender. We will examine the cultural and social implications of encounters between Native peoples, missionaries and other European and Euro-American Protestants and Catholics. We will pay particular attention to how bodies were a venue for encounter-through sexual contact, through the policing of gendered social and economic behaviors, and through religiously-based understandings of women’s and men’s duties and functions. We will also study how historians know what they know about these encounters, and what materials enable them to answer their historical questions.