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Peace Studies supports the humanities and social sciences through a number of indigenous digital projects and publications based on its holdings in the Peace Studies website at MU. These scholarly works are an important part of how the MU Peace Studies program fosters new academic research, facilitates teaching and learning, and fosters a broader readership. Below is a list of resources and materials in the Digital Indigenous Heritages collections such as reference tools, teaching materials, images galleries, and original undergraduate and graduate student scholarship.

Native American Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
English Department Faculty in this Area: Joanna Hearne specializes in the study of indigenous film and media. Maureen Konkle specializes in the study of Native writing and intellectual history since the eighteenth century.

Affiliated Faculty in Native Studies at the University of Missouri:
Dr. Mark H. Palmer, Department of Geography
Dr. Soren C. Larsen, Department of Geography
Dr. Dennis Kelley, Department of Religious Studies

We regularly offer courses on Native American literatures from the earliest times through the present, encompassing tribal oral traditions, Native writing in English, the recovery of tribal languages, and the emergence of Native film and media. English 2490 presents an interdisciplinary overview of the broad issues facing Native people in North America today; English 3490 presents a historical survey of the emergence of Native writing and media in the post-colonization period; and English 4490/7490 presents a range of more specific topics, which may include courses on major authors such as Sherman Alexie or Vine Deloria Jr.; themes such as Native American Environmental Writing or Oral Tradition and Native American Writing; or courses on more specific time periods such as Contemporary Native American Fiction or 19th Century Native Writing. Courses incorporate a range of works by Native writers, filmmakers, and other artists from Indian nations across North America, including literary fiction, history, philosophy, poetry, plays, genre fiction, political polemic, graphic novels, film, radio, television, and other media.

Courses Regularly Offered

  • Introduction to Native Studies
  • Survey of Native Writing and Representation
  • Native Studies

Native American Film Series
Working with other units around campus, the English Department sponsors a series in which Native filmmakers discuss and screen their work. Recent events in this series include:

  • Alanis Obomsawin, dir. Kanehsatake: 100 Years of Resistance 
  • Sterlin Harjo, dir. Four Sheets to the Wind 
  • Larry Blackhorse Lowe, dir. 5th World

Tribal Colleges, Native Studies Programs, and Indian Education Native Education Organizations

Tribal Colleges

Indian/Native Studies Departments