Spring 2022 - INDG 329 D100

Sexuality and Gender: Indigenous Perspectives (3)

Class Number: 6012

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    June Scudeler
    1 778 782-8191
    Office: 9077
    Office Hours: 12:30-1:30
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Examines written works on sexuality and gender including the history of representations of the sexualized savage; the discussion of Indigenous concepts of gender, including discussions of two-spirit versus gay identity; homophobia and sexual violence as tools of colonization; the emancipatory potential of erotica. Students with credit for FNST 329 or INDG (or FNST) 322 may not take this course for further credit.


In their 2004 essay “Stolen From Our Bodies: First Nations Two-Spirits/Queers and the Journey to a Sovereign Erotic,” Cherokee scholar Qwo-Li Driskill positions the Sovereign Erotic as “wholeness healed and / or healing from the historical trauma that First Nations people continue to survive, rooted within the histories, traditions, and resistance struggles of our nations.” By creating narratives that centre Indigenous ways of knowing, Indigenous writers, artists, and filmmakers counteract colonial stereotypes. Analyzing how colonization “straightened” Two-Spirit / Indigiqueer and women’s roles will enable students to understand and appreciate Indigenous peoples’ continuing resurgence and resilience.


  • Participation 15%
  • Paper proposal (3 pages) 25%
  • Presentation and 4 page paper 30%
  • Research paper 30%


Texts will be available at the SFU Bookstore but you can also order through Indigenous bookstores https://www.massybooks.com/ and https://irondogbooks.com/


FNST 101 or FNST 201



Dimaline, Cherie Empire of Wild 9780735277205

ISBN: 978-1770864863

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. Gods of Jade and Shadow 9780525620778


Pico, Tommy. Nature Poem 9781941040638

Whitehead, Joshua. Jonny Appleseed, 9781551527253

Whitehead, Joshua, ed. Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction 9781551528113

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