HIS 240 The Plains Indians (3 credits)

This course is a study of the Plains Indians from their earliest beginnings to the present time. It will take a detailed look at the rise and development of Plains Indian societies, nomadic and village dwellers; the contact and conflict with Euro-Americans; the challenges faced by the Plains Indians to their traditional way of life during the early reservation years; and the struggle by the Plains Indians to retain tribal sovereignty, politics and culture. The course will make extensive use of visual artifacts, paintings, photographs and film to illustrate and analyze the historical and mythic images of the Plains Indians.