Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HY - History
  • HS - Human Studies

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

This class will be an empirically-based research seminar on the history, politics, archaeology, and culture of Maine’s Wabanaki tribes that tackles a wide range of issues. The class will consist of several group projects on topics such as cataloging indigenous place names to the loss of cultural heritage sites due to coastal erosion. After completing several of these projects, students will develop their own research project on Wabanaki history and culture that they will conceptualize, plan and carry out. The class will also cover the themes of colonialism, cultural revitalization, tribal sovereignty, preservation of cultural resources, and much more. The course will be based on projects developed in consultation with tribal cultural preservation specialists and tribal historians from Maine’s Wabanaki communities. Final projects, so long as they have a historical component, can explore a topic of the student’s choosing in consultation with the faculty. This class is appropriate for students from a range of backgrounds. Previous coursework such as Indigenous America, Native American Law, Race and Racism in America, the Yucatan Program, or other relevant courses will be extremely helpful, and preference will be given to students who have some previous academic background in historical research, indigenous studies, and ethnography. Students who have taken classes with a strong component of textual analysis of historical sources are also encouraged to take the class. Students will learn to work with both primary and secondary sources (both written and visual). Students will be evaluated on their contribution to the group projects, participation in discussion, several small assignments, and their final project.


Permission of instructor (see description).

Always visit the Registrar's Office for the official course catalog and schedules.