Jan 09-May 03, 2019
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Carol Miller

Course Description

Earn an on-line NAS Graduate Certificate

This course will familiarize us with Native American and First Nations literature and its relation to the American and Canadian West. Supplemental readings from classic American literature, historical non-fiction, and film will be used to challenge or reflect upon what we mean when we refer to the “West,” both as a place or an evolving ideal. We will seek to retrace the creation of the Western mythos while placing Indigenous perspectives and literature at the center of our discussions. This juxtaposition will highlight the intersections of an Othering gaze and an internal gaze, ancient myths and modern myths, a storied place and a storied homeland.

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

Meeting Place and Times



Carol Miller.
Carol Miller is a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor (Emeritus) of American Indian Studies and American Studies, University of Minnesota, TC. Carol has a PhD in American Literature from the University of Oklahoma. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.


Bachelor’s degree

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

  • Cogewea the Half-Blood
    Author: Mourning Dove (Humishima)
    Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, 1991
    ISBN: 0-8032-3069-9 or 0-8032-8112-2 (pbk.)
    Price: Approx. 18.95 new
  • Ceremony
    Author: Leslie Marmon Silko
    Publisher: Penguin Classics, 2006
    ISBN: 0-14-00.8683-8
    Price: Approx. $12.00 new
  • The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative
    Author: Thomas King
    Publisher: University of Minnesota Press, 2005
    ISBN: 9-78081664627-2 or 0-81664627-9
    Price: Approx. $12.00 new
  • Fools Crow
    Author: James Welch
    Publisher: Penguin Classics. Reprint Edit. (Oct. 25, 2011)
    ISBN-10: 0143106511
    ISBN-3: 978-0143106517
    Price: Approx. $12.00 new
  • There There
    Author: Orange, Tommy
    Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
    ISBN-10: 9780525520375
    Price: Approx. $25.95 new
  • Green Grass, Running Water
    Author: Thomas King
    Publisher: Bantam, 1994
    ISBN: 0802141676 or 9780802141675
    Price: Approx. $12.00 new
  • Required Films(All are available for rental at Netflix, etc.)

    Drums Along the Mohawk
    Director: John Ford

    Smoke Signals
    Director: Chris Eyre

    A western film of your choice

Books may be found at various online retailers and may be rented or purchased used to save money. Prices are approximate for new books and do not include shipping and handling.

Movies may be purchased online or rented.

Computer Requirements:

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

For More Information

For course information: Please contact Carol Miller at

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