SPAN 6090 Indigenous Peoples of the Colonial New World

This course satisfies the pre-twentieth-century requirement. An examination of early colonial writings that memorialized and debated the status of American peoples and cultures. Ethnographic accounts of European and Creole authors are read together with indigenous testimonies, with focus on topics such as: noble savagery, the debates on the just causes for military conquest, European perceptions of indigenous languages and religious practices, and the confrontation between oral tradition and written culture.