Spring 2021 - HIST 326 D100

History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4)

Class Number: 5657

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



Examines selected themes in the history of Aboriginal peoples of North America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students with credit for FNST 326 may not take this course for further credit.


This course will discuss the diverse and complex histories of Indigenous Peoples in North America from approximately 1850 to the present. This course will cover several themes and events ranging from the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in the 1890s to the Red Power Movement of the 1960s. Each lecture will focus on a specific archival document to help us better understand these events and further explore the ‘practice’ of historical research. Documents that will be discussed include recordings of ‘The Ghost Dance’ by the Thomas Edison Company, the poems of Pauline Johnson, and the influential documentary Nanook of the North (1922).

Teaching Style: Mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Asynchronous Elements: Lecture videos will be posted every week on the Thursday prior to our class by 5:00pm for students to watch on their own time. Students are expected to watch every lecture and finish all of the assigned readings prior to the synchronous group discussions (select dates as identified below).

Synchronous Elements: There are two tutorial times for this class. Tutorial 1 will meet from 2:30- 3:30 and Tutorial 2 from 3:30 to 4:30 via Zoom. Tutorials will be held approximately every other week on the following dates: January 11th, January 25th, February 8th, March 1st, March 15th, March 29th, April 12th. During these tutorials, we will discuss both the assigned topic for that week and also for the week prior.

Weekly Themes

  • January 11th: Diplomatic Missions to Washington
  • January 18th: Nanissáanah (‘The Ghost Dance’) and the Wounded Knee Massacre
  • January 25th: The Annexation of Hawaii
  • February 1st: The Rise of the Metis Nation
  • February 8th: ‘The Numbered Treaties’ and Indigenous Sovereignty
  • [reading week]
  • February 22nd: ‘The Song My Paddle Sings:’ Anti-Modernism and the ‘Environmental Indian’
  • March 1st: Fighting for Who? Indigenous Activism and the First World War
  • March 8th: Indigenous on Film: From Hollywood to the Arctic Circle
  • March 15th: The Red Power Movement
  • March 22nd: Residential Schools, the Sixties Scoop, and ‘Child Welfare’
  • March 29th: ‘Our Land:’ the Establishment of Nunavut
  • [Easter monday]
  • April 12th: ‘Shadow Representatives’ and ‘Moderate Livelihoods:’ Treaties in 2020


  • Group Discussion: January 11th, January 25th, February 8th, March 1st, March 15th, March 29th, April 12th 35%
  • Documentary Film Analysis: 20%
  • Essay Proposal and Annotated Bibliography 15%
  • Research Essay (8 pages) 30%



All readings will be posted on Canvas [no additional purchases are necessary].

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).