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Indigenous Learning Communities

Concentration

NATV 201 Introduction to Chicana and Chicano Studies. (3)  (Also offered as AMST 201, CCS 201)       
Introductory survey of the Mexican American experience in the United States, with special reference to New Mexico. Exploration of historical, political, social, and cultural dimensions.

NATV 252 The Native American Experience. (3)  (Also offered as AMST 252)
Introductory survey of Native American history, culture and contemporary issues. Students read literature by and about Native Americans covering a variety of topics including tribal sovereignty, federal policy, activism, economic development, education and community life.

NATV 305 Indigenous Self-Determination in Education. (3)
Examines the roles of Indigenous people and communities in self-determining their education by redefining educational approaches and curriculum for Indigenous students.  Special emphasis on resistance to assimilation practices and policies.

NATV 315 Language Recovery, Revitalization & Community Renewal. (3)
Examines Native language loss from the boarding school era to current trends in language planning and revitalization. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of language to culture and on current community renewal efforts by Native people.

NATV 385: Indigenous Worldviews
This course offers an interdisciplinary academic exploration of perspectives on Indigenous arts and literature, cultures, education, language, and language re-vitalization. The environment and the emerging international legal norm of self-determination for Indigenous peoples are also examined.

NATV 402 Education, Power and Indigenous Communities. (3)
How economic, political and social power influences the education of indigenous youth is the emphasis of the course. Topics include who defines the concept of an “educated person” and in what contexts.

NATV *450 Topics in Native American Studies.
Topics courses taught by faculty from the University of New Mexico and the surrounding community which vary according to the instructor’s expertise.

NATV *461 Community-Based Learning in Indigenous Contexts.(3)
Explores the meanings of "Indigenous education" through current scholarship and through active participation in a community-based setting. Examines Indigenous educational traditions and their applications for contemporary practices while engaging in community-based learning and service.
        
NATV *462 Native American Narrative. (3)
Native American stories function much like food for the soul. Students will learn an inter-disciplinary context how ancestral and contemporary stories, oral and written, continue to represent the thoughts, values and life ways of Native people.