Indigenous Knowledge Visualization
CHID 480 A
Indigenous Knowledge Visualization:
Exploring Cultural Strengths Through Native Arts and Culture
Winter 2015 | MGH 287 | MW 10:30 – 12:20
This class begins with the inter-related concepts of indigenous knowledge, bounded space and knowledge visualization. We will then examine a variety of Native arts, exploring the historical uses and the layering of indigenous knowledge embodied in various forms. We will also consider the implications for expressing cultural health of Native communities and the role economics plays in the tendency of perpetuation - and privileging - of some forms of Native expression over others.
Section 1: Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Jan 5: Introductions and Expectations
Jan 7: Field trip to the Burke Museum to view and tour “Here and Now” Exhibit (meet in the Burke lobby)
Reading: Bounded Space; A Matrix for Thought – Cordova, Viola Faye. How it is: the Native American philosophy of VF Cordova. University of Arizona Press, 2007. Matrix A Context for Thought.pdf
Jan 12: Alaska Native Knowledge Systems; Winter Counts and contemporary ledger art Barnhardt, Ray, and Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley. “Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Alaska Native Ways of Knowing.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly 36, no. 1 (March 2005): 8-23.
Thornton, Russell. "A Rosebud Reservation winter count, circa 1751-1752 to 1886-1887." Ethnohistory 49.4 (2002): 723-735. thornton (2002) wintercounts in Rosebud.pdf
Jan 14: Guest Speaker – Dr. Cheryl Metoyer “Systems of Knowledge”
Reading: Clara Sue Kidwell "Systems of Knowledge" in American in 1492: The World of Indian Peoples before the Arrival of Columbus. Ed by Alvin M. Josephy and Frederick Hoxie. New York, Vintage Books. 1993. pp kidwell.pdf
Section 2: knowledge visualization
Jan 19 NO CLASS – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 21 News Article Due in class
Knowledge Visualization –
Reading: Eppler, M. J., & Burkhard, R. A. (2008). Knowledge Visualization. In M. Jennex (Ed.),Knowledge Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 781-793). Burkhard (2004) info and knowledge viz.pdf
Section 3: Examples of knowledge visualization in Native communities
Jan 26: Zuni Arts as Knowledge System – Belarde-Lewis Belarde-Lewis (2009) A Zuni System of Knowledge.pdf
Zuni Map Art Project – Enote Enote (2011) Zuni on Zuni.pdf
Jan 28: Red, A Haida Manga – Yahgulanaas
Grande (1992) Bill Reid Spirit of Haida Gwaii.pdf Bill Reid and the Spirit of Haida Gwaii – Grande
Feb 2: Mid- Term Reflections and Outlines due
Feb 4: Guest Speaker: John Paul Jones, Architect
Reading: "Foreword" Kevin Gover; John Paul Jones. "Introduction: Remembering the Experience of Past Generations" in The Land Has Memory: Indigenous Knowledge, Native Landscapes, and the National Museum of the American Indian." Ed by Duane Blue Spruce and Tanya Thrasher. 2008. LandHasMemory.pdf
Feb 9: Reading: Daisy Sewid-Smith. “Interpreting Cultural Symbols of the People from the Shore” in Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas." University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, BC. Ed by Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Jennifer Kramer, and Ki-Ke-in; pp 18-25. Sewid-Smith (2013) People from the Shore.pdf
Feb 11: Guest Speaker: Mary Jane Ides, MA Candidate, Museology
MEET IN THE BURKE LOBBY AT 10:45 AM
Reading: Bowechop, Janine, and Patricia Pierce Erikson. 2005. "Forging Indigenous Methodologies on Cape Flattery: The Makah Museum as a Center of Collaborative Research." American Indian Quarterly 29, no. 1/2: 263-273. Bowechop & Erickson (2005) Indig Methods in Neah Bay.pdf
Section 4: Politics of Representation
Feb 16: NO CLASS – Presidents Day
Feb 18: Guiding question (be ready to write a short answer to this in class): How do we 'eat the other' when we consume Native art?
“Eating the Other” – bell hooks in "Black Looks: Race andRepresentation." Boston, MA: South End (1992). hooks (1992) eating the other.pdf
Feb 23: DUE ON MONDAY 2/23/15
Look closely at this chart harm to viewer and subject.pdf what can you add to each column? tell me what you're adding and why you think consumption of the Other harms both the consumed and the consumer. 1-2 pages, typed, 12 pt font. due in class on Monday.
Read for class: Mithlo, Nancy M. (2004). “We Have All Been Colonized” 1: Subordination and Resistance on a Global Arts Stage. Visual Anthropology, 17(3-4), 229-245. Mithlo (2004) Subordination and Resistance.pdf
Guiding question: How are artists resisting through art? Does this relate to the piece you're researching? How else have we seen subordination and resistance on a global scale?
Grant, Daniel. “What Is Indian Art and Who Can Sell It?” Consumers’
Research Magazine 85, no. 8 (August 2002): 15–17. Grant (2002) What is Indian Art and who can sell it.pdf
Mithlo, Nancy Marie. 2012. "Guest editor's Introduction". Wicazo Sa Review. 27 (1). Mithlo (2012) Curatorial Practice and Native Art.pdf
Mar 2: Guest Speaker – Preston Singletary, Glass Artist
Mar 4: Conclusion finale.pptx
Mar 9: Final Presentations
Mar 11: Final Presentations - PUBLIC DAY - There may be people other then your classmates in the room on this day only
Mar 16: Final Presentations
Mar 16: Final Papers Due (In Class)
If you would like your final paper back, please bring a self-addressed, stamped legal
envelope so I can mail it back to you.
COURSE EVALUATIONS: March 13 - March 20.
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Evaluation URL: https://uw.iasystem.org/survey/140259
The evaluation opens Mar 13, 2015 and closes on Mar 20, 2015.
This class will examine a variety of Native arts, architecture and other forms of expression that each explore the historical uses and the layering of Indigenous knowledges. The knowledges embodied in the various forms have implications for expressing cultural health, political views and the realities of Native communities. The role played by economics and the tendency of stereotypical perpetuation and privileging some forms of Native expression over others will also be a topic of exploration.