Topical Field in Ethnohistory
Instructor: John Lutz
Course Times: Monday and Thursday 10-11:30 in Cle D267
Office: Clearihue B222; Phone: 721-7392
Office Hours: Monday 9:30-10:00 and 11:30-12:00
Thursday 9:30-10:00 and 11:30-12:00
or by appointment
Michel Foucault, Use of Pleasure, p. 9.
Introduction: Welcome to History 526. Given the short time frame and the vast scope of the questions under consideration this course is less of a history course and more of a look at the major issues facing ethnohistorians. The literature we will use is international with a preference for Canadian examples where available. We will consider ethnohistory generally but the bulk of the examples will focus on ethnohistory with respect to indigenous peoples. I am not trying to push a particular approach in this course so we will read across the spectrum of perspectives and I hope that spectrum will be represented in the class as well.
Readings: Readings will be available in the history reading room for copying or for reading in the room and some will be available on line.
Evaluation: There will be three components to the grades for this course.
25% will be assigned to in-class discussion and participation.
25% will be assigned for the first writing assignment
10% for reading notes
40% for the second writing
As this is a seminar course, class attendance and participation is necessary. Students who miss more than one class without a doctor’s note or equivalent, will be docked participation marks and those who miss four seminars will get an incomplete for the course.
Writing assignments: The first writing assignment is an expanded book review. From a list of books suggested by the instructor, students will write a critical review focussing on the approach or approaches to ethnohistory taken by the author or authors of a single book. You should describe the book briefly but spend more time looking at the analytical/theoretical approaches that inform this book, situating it in the readings we have done in the first weeks of class and other readings in the field. Make it clear where you agree with the approach in the volume and where and why you prefer other approaches to this topic. This assignment will be due at the department office by 4 pm on Thursday October 18th. The length can vary but 15 pages double spaced would be typical.
PRELIMINARY COURSE OUTLINE
For Discussion: What is the relationship between microhistory, ethnohistory, and thick description?
Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples, London: Zed Books, 1999 pp 19-77.
Mary Louise Pratt, Imperial Eyes: travel writing and transculturation , (London: Routledge, 1992) Chapter 1 and 4.
Week 6. October 15th. Methods and Roles of the Historian
October 18. 4 pm First Writing Assignment Due.
Week 7. October 22.
Week 8. October 29. Religion/Spirituality
Fisher, Robin, “The Missionaries,” Contact and Conflict (Vancouver: UBC, 1977, 1996).
Peggy Brock, “Two Indigenous Evangelists: Moses Tjalkabota and Arthur Wellington Clah, Journal of Religious History, Vol 27, No. 3, October 2003 (ONLINE)
Comaroff, Jan and John. “Through the Looking Glass : Colonial Encounters of the First Kind,” Journal of Historical Sociology, 1:1 (March 1988) 6-32.
Kan, Sergei. Clan Mothers and Godmothers: Tlingit Women and Russian Orthodox Christianity, 1840-1940, Ethnohistory (Autumn, 1996), pp. 613-641 (ONLINE)
Douglas Sutton, “Maori and Missionaries, 1814-1845: Commonalities and Common Praxis,” Unpub paper presented to CHA, 1993.
Notes from a Portion of Arthur Wellington Clah’s Diary January 1864. (PDF)
Week 9. November 5. Dialogism, Hybridity, and Encounters with Difference
Elizabeth A. Povinelli, “Do Rocks Listen? The Cultural Politics of Apprehending Australian Aboriginal Labor,” American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 97, No. 3 (Sep., 1995), pp. 505-518. ONLINE.
Tzvetan Todorov, Mikhail Bakhtin : the dialogical principle. University of Minnesota, 1984. Selected Pages.
Michel De Certeau, “Making Do: Uses and Tactics,” The Practice of Everyday Life. Stephen Randall, trans. Berkeley: University of California, 1988 29-44
Michael E. Harkin, “The Heiltsuks : dialogues of culture and history on the Northwest Coast.” Lincoln, University of Nebraska, 1984. Selected Pages
Gillian Cowlishaw, Intro and conclusion. Rednecks, Eggheads and Blackfellas
Week 10. November 12. Class Cancelled for Reading Break
Week 11. November 19. Victims, Power and Agency
Taiaiake Alfred, Wasáse: indigenous pathways of action and freedom (Toronto: Broadview, 2005) 19-38.
Ranajit Guha, “Colonialism in South Asia,” from Dominance without hegemony : history and power in colonial India, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997) 1-23.
Elizabeth Furniss, “Indian, Whites and Common Sense Racism,” from The Burden of History, (UBC Press, 1999). pp. 105-137.
Mary Ellen Kelm, Colonizing Bodies, (Vancouver: UBC, 2000). Xv-xiii, 19-37
Vine Deloria, Readings from the Vine Deloria Reader
Exercises from the Caucasian Workbook.
Boaventura de Sousa Santos, “Beyond Abyssal Thinking: From Global Lines to Ecologies of Knowledges,” http://law.uvic.ca/demcon/victoria_colloquium/documents/desousasantos.pdf
Week 12. November 25. Understanding the Language of the Encounter/ Gendered Encounters
Ian MacLaren, "Exploration/Travel Literature and the Evolution of the Author," International Journal of Canadian Studies, 5 (Spring, 1992).
Mary Louise Pratt, “Fieldwork in Common Places,” in James Clifford and George Marcus, Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.27-50
John Lutz, “First Contact as a Spiritual Performance: Aboriginal--Non-Aboriginal Encounters on the North American West,” in Myth Stakes: Critically Analyzing Aboriginal and European Contact Narratives,(UBC Press) pdf
Elizabeth Vibert, (1996). “Real Men Hunt Buffalo: Masculinity, Race and Class in British Fur Traders' Narratives” Gender History 8(1): 4-21.
Devon A Mihesuah, “Commonality of Difference: American Indian Women and History,” in Mihesuah, ed. Natives and Academics: Researching and Writing about American Indians, 37-54.
Caroline Ralston, "Ordinary Women in Early Post-Contact Hawaii," in Margaret Jolly and Martha Macintyre, Family and Gender in the Pacific: Domestic Contradictions and the Colonial Impact, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989).
Week 13. December 3. Second Thoughts on Ethnohistory
Kirin Narayan, “How Native is a ‘Native’ Anthropologist” American Anthropologist 95, (1993) 675-686.
Trinh T. Minh-Ha, “Outside In, Inside Out” and 2 pages from “A Minute too Long,” in When the Moon Waxes Red, (New Your: Routledge, 1991) 65-78; 107-8.
Harmon, A. “Lines in the Sand: Shifting Boundaries between Indians and Non Indians in the Puget Sound Region,” Western Historical Quarterly 26:429-454 (1995)
Angela Cavender Wilson, “Should American Indian History Remain a Field of Study“ in Indigenizing the Academy, Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.
Marlene Brant Castellano, “Updating Aboriginal Traditions of Knowledge,” in George Sefa Dei, Budd Hall and Dorothy Goldin Rosenbert, Indigenous Knowledge in Global Contexts. UTP 2002
John Lutz, “Pomo Wawa” and Pomo Postscript” from from Makuk: A New History of Aboriginal White Relations (forthcoming UBC Press). PDF
December 7, 4 pm. Second Writing Assignment Due.