Department of Anthropology

Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa



ANT 324L • Cont Iss Natv Am Indig Stud-Wb

32054 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM
Internet; Synchronous

The experiences of Indigenous peoples colonized by settler states are stories of struggle and survival. To understand the contemporary issues impacting Indigenous peoples who remain subjugated within western, patriarchal, capitalist settler societies this course examines the ways in which settler colonization "is a structure and not an event" (Wolfe 2006) and how Indigenous peoples continue to resist those structures. Contrary to popular misconceptions, colonization is not a thing of the past and, in many parts of the world, continues through assertions of military power, imperialist ideologies, neoliberal governance, capitalism, heteropatriarchy, misogyny, and white supremacy.  Themes covered in this upper division course will include federal Indian law and treaty histories, racialization of Indigenous peoples, multiculturalism and cultural appropriation, federal and cultural (mis)recognition, resistance and Native resurgence, tribal sovereignty, decolonization, and more.  Some of the contemporary issues we will explore include the Indigenous defense of water and land through direct community political actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock; the protection movement at the summit of Mauna Kea where young people are combating a giant telescope from being developed at a sacred site; the organized actions of the Tohono O'odham to stop construction of the border wall; the legacies of violence inherent to DNA sciences and commercial gnomic testing; #MMIWG (missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls) and how gender and sexual violence as tools of colonization; and more.  Centering narrative practices, the course prioritizes Indigenous voices and the allies who stand against colonization in its myriad and persistent forms.

ANT 324L • Pop Cul And Indig Futurties-Wb

32074 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

The course examines Indigenous creative practices within and in response to mainstream popular culture to explore how Indigenous peoples refuse to be contained by colonization. We interrogate settler representations of Indigenous peoples as well as cultural productions by Indigenous peoples that affirm their presence, resilience, and future orientation. Confronting stereotypes around Native disappearance and authenticity that affirm white supremacy, global capitalism, heteropatriarchy, and settler colonization, the course stages an anti-colonial conversation by centering Native voices. To this end, students will explore the radical potential and the contemporary thought and praxis of creative minds building decolonial futures through music, film, television, literature, comic books, social media, fashion, visual art, performance art, and everyday practices.

ANT 324L • Decolonial Intersectionalty-Wb

31088 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

This course adopts the concept of intersectionality within feminist thinking to stage conversations about gender, race, and indigeneity in the context of ongoing colonial formations. Intersectionality is a way to think about the interconnections of ideas, events, identities, and relations. Initially meant to bring gender-thinking and race-thinking together, the concept has grown to include other key vectors of power including class, sexuality, ability, religion, and more. While even within critical feminist, gender, and ethnic studies, colonization is often treated only superficially, this course prioritizes it—as an analytic and a structure—by centering Native voices. To this end, the course stages conversations that transit feminist, queer, and critical race theories as well as critical Indigenous theory. We will examine the racialization of indigeneity, the violence of liberal inclusion, and heteropatriarchy as they inform both settler and Indigenous subject formations. Other course topics include Native feminisms, African indigeneities, Black Indians, Asian settler colonialism in Hawaiʻi, Two-Spirit politics, queer indigeneities, Native masculinities, and indigeneity as performance, among other topics. By the end of the semester, students will have developed a working knowledge of how colonization, gender, and race intersect and interlock to produce distinct hierarchies and subjectivities that underpin the continued subjugation of Indigenous peoples and demand broader critical attention.

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