Learning Goal: I’m working on a history question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Project #3: Decolonization Case Study
Due Date: any time in Module 15 before 11:59 pm on Monday, December 5
Overview and Details: At the beginning of the semester, we participated in the “Land Mapping” exercise to become familiar with whose ancestral lands our hometowns and our campus occupies. We learned more about the importance of land acknowledgement as a first step in not only digging deeper into US History from an American Indian perspective, but also becoming more aware of the local history of the very places as well the continued presence and relationship with lands that Native Nations have today. As we moved through our course materials, we saw the effects of colonization throughout US history as well as the ways Native Nations have actively resisted. For our final project, we will bring our course “full circle” be investigating modern decolonization efforts through the ways Native Nations are exercising their sovereignty, protecting their homelands, revitalizing their cultures, and pushing against myths and erasure. You will do a “Case Study” or select an example of modern-day decolonization efforts.
Directions: You and your group members will select 1 modern day example of decolonization to investigate. It is preferred that you work in groups of 4, but you are welcome to work on this project independently if you prefer. One project and annotated bibliography will be submitted on behalf of each group by the Group Leader.
After your group has selected your example of modern-day decolonization, please research more about the event itself as well as its historical/cultural context:
1) Describe the example of modern-day decolonization you selected
2) Provide thorough context: what the example of decolonization is in response to, the Native Nation’s unique history, how the decolonization efforts emerged, etc.
3) Explain how the example you selected is a form of decolonization
4) Connect to at least 3 of our topics covered within Modules 1-15
5) Analyze your findings using at least 3 of our key terms covered within Modules 1-15
6) Connect to the theme “Danger of a Single Story”
7) Reflect on the significance of the modern-day example you selected based on what we’ve learned this semester and how it shows the ways Native Nations are exercising their sovereignty, protecting their homelands, revitalizing their cultures, and/or pushing against myths and erasure
8) Lastly, create an MLA formatted annotated bibliography showcasing the research your group participated in.
Learning Goals: Through this project, we will experience firsthand how the past shapes the present as we create interesting, personally meaningful research projects on an example of modern-day decolonization. We will become more personally invested in our learning experience as we actively practice and apply historical thinking, engage with multiple perspectives and think critically about how historical narratives are created, reflect on our own experiences along the way, and showcase what we’ve learned throughout the semester. Working together in groups will help us build more classroom community and connection while we learn more about ongoing decolonization efforts of Native Nations today.
Group Details: It is preferred that you work in groups of 4, but you are welcome to work independently if you prefer. One project and annotated bibliography will be submitted on behalf of each group. Once you have your group established, you will select a group leader who will coordinate with group members and help organize tasks so that work is balanced between all group members. The group leader will also submit the project and annotated bibliography on behalf of the group. However, each group member is responsible for individually submitting an evaluation of self and group member participation. This will ensure that all group members have accountability and contribute equally to the project.
Format: You or your group group can showcase your findings in either essay format, PowerPoint, video, or any creative format your group prefers. There is no length requirement, as long as your project clearly addresses all parts of the prompt. (The more concise, the better! For example, essays around ~5 pages and presentations ~5 minutes.) In addition to your presentation/essay, an MLA formatted annotated bibliography showcasing the sources you used for research will be submitted. Only 1 submission required per group (with all names of group members included.) Even though there will be only 1 submission of the project, every group member should individually submit an evaluation of self and group member participation
Key Terms: context, historical thinking, colonization, decolonization, firsting and lasting, doctrine of discovery, manifest destiny, assimilation, environmental justice, self-determination, sovereignty
Potential Topics: Here is a list of topics that might be of interest or offer inspiration. However, you are not limited to this list! If your group has another idea, please email me for approval! Consider an example of Native art/film, language revitalization efforts, cultural revitalization efforts, recent protests or court cases, decolonizing curriculum, etc.
Standing Rock: A New Moment for Native American Rights
Mauna Kea Protests Aren’t New
Young Kumeyaay Women Lead Protests Against Border Wall
Skid Row’s Indian Alley Adorned with Native Murals
East Bay Ohlone Tribe Looks to Future as Oakland Announces Land Back Plan
Indian Welfare Act (Haaland v. Brackeen)
White Mountain Apache Cafe Opens for Business
Project Ideas: Feel free to use the following questions as inspiration to guide your project/research.
Describe the example you selected as if explaining it to someone who is completely unfamiliar. Then provide historical context for the example you selected: what the example of decolonization is in response to, the Native Nation’s unique history, how the decolonization efforts emerged, etc. Next, carefully explain how your case study is an example of decolonization. How does your example connect to at least 3 topics from our Module materials this semester? How does your example connect to at least 3 key terms we’ve covered this semester? How does it connect our course theme of the “Danger of a Single Story”? What is the significance of a closer examination of the example you selected in context of our course materials? How does the example you selected show the ways Native Nations are exercising their sovereignty, protecting their homelands, revitalizing their cultures, and/or pushing against myths and erasure?
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