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In the Native American Studies Department, we conceive and practice the humanities and social sciences as an enterprise of creativity in diversity and the constant search for social justice and cultural democracy. Scholarly rigor and theoretical clarity must be accompanied by an attentive gaze to the needs of the Native American communities to whom we are accountable.

As a student in Native American Studies, you may choose to study indigenous issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, temporal frames, and geographical dimensions. The common thread of these diverse approaches, however, is the recognition of the hemispheric unity of the indigenous people of the Americas.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs offer a formal comparative, interdisciplinary, and hemispheric approach to the study of indigenous cultures of the Americas. This approach includes faculty specialized in a variety of disciplines including art, literature, religion, linguistics, history, anthropology, political science, ethnomusicology, performance and dance studies, and women and gender studies.


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Jack D. Forbes (Powhatan-Renape, Delaware-Lenape), 1934-2011