Montana State University

NASX 415-801: Native Food Systems

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Online
Jan 10-May 04, 2018
Credit: 3 undergraduate
Instructor(s): Marissa Spang

Course Description

Course co-convenes with NASX 515
Using examples from across North America, this course will investigate relationships between Native American food, culture, knowledge and ecology. We will explore environmental stewardship techniques and agricultural innovations that provide plants and animals for sustenance; learn about the worldviews and values that guide these practices; and discuss the impacts of changing political landscapes on the health and food culture of Native peoples. This course will include a strong focus on contemporary food systems, including diverse efforts to protect, promote and revitalize Native foods. Through the lens of food systems, we will also engage topics that are integral to Native American Studies: tradition and modernity, cultural reclamation, sovereignty, indigenous knowledge and cultural property rights. Readings include creation stories, historic accounts, scientific articles, and popular writing, including works by prominent Native writers.

Please note that syllabus is tentative and subject to changes before course begins.
Syllabus

Meeting Place and Times

Online

Instructor(s)

Marissa Spang.

Prerequisites

NASX 105 or NASX 232 and upper division standing.

Time Commitment:

10-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • All readings will be uploaded into D2L, so no textbook purchases are required. However, if you would like a hard copy, the book list is provided below.

Optional Books/Materials:

  • Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California‚Äôs Natural Resources
    Author: M. Kat Anderson
    Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (June 14, 2005)
    ASIN:B005T5O75A
    Price new: $26 paperback (Less expensive used copies and electronic versions should be available online.)
  • Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions
    Author: Fernando Davina, Marlene Davina
    Publisher: Ten Speed Press (June 8, 2010)
    ISBN13: 978-1580081191
    ISBN 10: 1580081193
    Price new: $22 (Less expensive used copies are available online.)
  • Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians
    Author: Gilbert Wilson
    Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2009)
    ASIN: B01N9OXWXD
    Price new: $12 (Less expensive used copies and electronic versions should be available online.)
  • A Taste of Heritage: Crow Indian Recipes and Herbal Medicines
    Author: Alma Hogan Snell
    Publisher: Bison Books (October 1, 2006)
    ASIN: B003NHSBF8
    Price new: $12 (Less expensive used copies and electronic versions should be available online.)

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

For More Information

Course Information: Marissa Spang, marissa.spang@gmail.com

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