Final Project

Students will create a website that reveals the hidden history of land trade, dispossession, and reclamation of their campus’ location in Native space. Consider yourself as creating an online exhibition that includes artifacts and relevant background information; the exhibition will present viewers with an opportunity to learn about the Native connections to their locality and the Native past and present experience of that location. Moreover, the exhibition will also include an explanatory essay that explains to viewers what the site attempts to accomplish.

Because kinds of artifacts collected by the students may differ from location to location, we’ve created different assignments that will yield different artifacts from a range of different sources. Students can choose the methods they deem most productive for their research project and their location. Students need to include at least 6 of the artifacts gained from these exercises. Every project must have either a treaty or a land grant, and a map of native space.

Importantly, each artifact needs to be explicated in its relationship to property and dispossession; these explications should be accessible by keyword as well as by location.
Students will each be responsible for building their own blogs/sites for the course. This site will include the weekly blog/journal entries and responses to individual assignments. Students teams will also conduct primary-source research and create and develop the campus/local project site for the course. A planning draft of the project will be due on Oct 2, and based on the Project Contract (See below) and the Professors’ comments, students will submit a final version of their project by Dec 3.  

Once completed, your project site should:

  • Include one treaty or land grant.
  • Showcase at least 6 artifacts obtained through the assignment.
  • Show the timeline of indigenous/imperial experience in the campus location.
  • Explain how the native people traditionally obtained their livelihood from the land, and how that changed over time.
  • Explain the artifacts which you have chosen to include on your website.
  • Include maps of the region where your college lies over time. One map of the territory as Native Space is mandatory.
  • Cite at least 10 external sources that support the research you’ve done on this website. The sources can include the readings assigned for this class.
  • Include an essay of approximately 1750 words. Explain to your reader what the purpose of the website is and how to navigate it.  The writing should get directly to the point, reveal facts that people would not know about how the native people lost the land upon which your college stands and what native presence exists today. You should also consider Greer’s distinctions between different forms of imperial/indigenous interaction around property concepts.  Explain how his analysis either clarifies what happened in your area, or if it does not, explain how your area seems to contradict his analysis.

Nota bene: Your site will remain long after you complete this course.  Spell check the essay before you put it up. After the course is completed, check every six months to see if people have made comments.

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