Spring 2022 - INDG 110W B100

International Indigenous Lifewriting (4)

Class Number: 5951

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SWH 9095, Burnaby

    Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM



Exploration of Indigenous forms of research and inquiry (ie. genealogies, oral story-telling, autobiographies). Examine and explore life stories of Indigenous authors from around the world. Students with credit for FNST 110W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


Key to Indigenous forms of research and inquiry (ie. genealogies, oral story-telling, autobiographies) is an understanding of self in relation to one’s community. Yet this understanding includes not just one community but the many communities that we have responsibilities to (family, work, place of origin, current location) including our relationship to ancestors, descendants, and the land upon which we live. This course will explore writing by Indigenous people about their lives, in countries from around the world and also in a local context. Through course work students will practice writing both standard academic analysis and self-reflective prose, to consider the rhetorical uses (and limitations) of both.


  • Participation 10%
  • Compare and Contrast Essay 25%
  • Journal (submitted twice @ 20% each) 40%
  • Personal Essay 25%



Course texts can be purchased through Massy Books or Iron Dog Books. Additional readings will be provided via Canvas.

***Note re: Course Texts: Some texts may be difficult to acquire, and only limited copies of some texts will be available via Massy or Iron Dog Books. Students are advised to order Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence via Chapters-Indigo or Amazon, and Threads of My Life directly from Theytus Books (https://www.theytus.com/Books/T/Threads-of-My-Life).


Pilkington, Doris. Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. University of Queensland Press, 2013. 
ISBN: 9780702233555

Abel, Jordan. NISHGA. McClelland & Stewart, 2021.
ISBN: 9780771007910

Huamán, Hilaria Supa. Threads of My Life: The Story of Hilaria Supa Huamán, a Rural Quechua Woman. Translated by Mauricio Carlos Quintana. Theytus Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781894778220

Anahareo. Devil in Deerskins: My Life with Grey Owl. University of Manitoba Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9780887554568

Registrar Notes:


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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.