54:373 Indigenous History of Latin America [Harms]

Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in History or Native Studies.

The contact between Europeans and Americans in 1492 initiated a complex series of political, cultural, and social conflicts. This course will explore the history of indigenous peoples in Latin America as they adapted to and resisted the Spanish and Portuguese colonizers. The first part of the course will focus on existing social and political structures primarily in the Aztec and Inca cultures, and on the impact of the Conquest period upon them. The remainder of the course will focus on such themes as the status of family, social and political structures, religion, resistance and sovereignty following Latin America's independence from colonial rule in 1821. Special attention will be paid to contemporary challenges facing indigenous peoples, and the responses as seen in the Zapatista Uprising (EZLN) and pan-indigenous movements. This course will include indigenous primary sources.

Cross-registered with (Native Studies) 68:373.
3 lecture hours per week, one term.

Instructor: Patricia Harms