The mission of the American Indian Studies Department is to educate, inspire, and prepare students for engaged careers and/or graduate school and to be an educational hub and site for community participation and learning focused on the Indigenous peoples of the northern Americas.
Joanne Barker, Professor and Chair
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AIS Red Tawks 2021 (flyer)
Queering Indigenous Land-Based Education
Dr. Alex Wilson
Opaskwayak Cree Nation
Professor and Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre
University of Saskatchewan
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 pm PST
3:00 – 4:30 CST
How do we ensure that land-based education does not replicate colonial systems? As land-based education has become increasingly popular, the shift from classroom-based teaching to land-based approaches has supported Indigenous cultural revitalization. This shift has validated Indigenous knowledges while also providing an opportunity for educators to “queer” both pedagogy and essentialist understandings of nature and cosmology. This presentation will focus on the philosophical and pedagogical praxis of queering land-based education drawing from experiences working with a graduate level program.
(Alex Wilson’s website: https://words.usask.ca/alexwilson/)
Lecture and discussion will be conducted via Zoom. Attendees must register. Register in advance for this meeting: https://sfsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rceGqpjsqE9LC6p0CBgzaE_ofT68201iX. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
For more information, contact Gabriela Segovia-McGahan, (415) 405-3928, at email@example.com or Joanne Barker, Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the department website: https://sfsuais.sfsu.edu/
BOOK LAUNCH AND DISCUSSION (flyer)
Red Scare: The State’s Indigenous Terrorist
Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 pm PST
Joanne Barker (Lenape), San Francisco State University
Glen Coulthard (Yellowknives Dene), University of British Columbia
Audra Simpson (Mohawk), Columbia University
Anne Spice (Tlingit), X University
Book launch will be conducted via Zoom. Attendees must register. Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
AWARD: Sarah Dilley, Native American 40 Under 40, The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
Johnet Scholarship for Native Americans
Fall 2021 Recipients
Major in Criminal Justice (First Year)
Aleut (Alaska Native)
MA in Ethnic Studies
Modoc-Pit River/Northern Coastal Pomo/Marin Miwok/Southern Coast Pomo
Enrolled Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and descendant of Skokomish Nation and Squaxin Island Tribe
Major in Journalism
Southern Pomo (Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria)
Major in Biology
NEW PUBLICATION: Roger J. Kuhn, “Sexual Sovereignty and Erotic Survivance: Two-Spirit Sexual Health and Vitality: An Intersectional Approach to Sex Therapy.” In Centering the Lives of Indigenous, Racialized, and People of Color. Reece M. Malone, Marla Renee Stewart, Mariotta Gary-Smith, and James C. Wadley, eds. (Routledge, 2022).
NEW PUBLICATION: Joanne Barker, “Sovereignty,” in Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies. The Keywords Feminist Editorial Collective, eds. (NYU Press, 2021).
NEW EXHIBIT: A video short, "Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California (1878)," is part of an exhibit of Jules Tavernier's work at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It depicts a ceremonial dance of the Elem Pomo known as mfom Xe, or “people dance,” in an underground roundhouse, Xe-xwan, at Clear Lake, California. Paul Steward's village and family are featured in the film.
NEW PUBLICATION: Roger Kuhn, “Two-Spirit Love at the BAAITS Powwow,” in Critical Sexual Literacy: Forecasting Trends in Sexual Politics, Diversity, and Pedagogy. Gilbert Herdt, Marzullo Michelle, Petite Nicole Polen, eds. (Anthem Press, 2021).
CONGRATULATIONS: Roger Kuhn has been appointed to the LGBTQ+ advisory committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.
NEW PUBLICATION: Robert Keith Collins, “How Africans Met Native Americans During Slavery.”
Contexts (Summer 2020): 16-21.
PRESENTATION: Robert Keith Collins, "African and Native American Contact in the Americas." Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (City of Menlo Park, 2021).
NEW PUBLICATION: Robert Keith Collins, “How Did Black Folks Become Indians? What Lived Experiences Say About Belonging, Culture, and Racial Mixture in Native America.” In The Complexities of Race: Identity, Power, and Justice in an Evolving America. Charmaine Wijeyesinghe, ed. (NYU Press, 2021).
CONGRATULATIONS: John-Carlos Perea's book chapter, "Native 'Noise' and the Politcs of Powwow Musicking in a University Soundscape," is part of an edited collection, Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America, that has won the 2020 Ellen Koskoff Prize for Edited Collections from the Society for Ethnomusicology.
NEW PUBLICATION: John-Carlos Perea, “Music in Native America: The Intertribal Powwow.” In Global Music Cultures, eds. Bonnie C. Wade and Patricia Sheehan Campbell. New York: Oxford University Press.
Invited Research Presentation: John-Carlos Perea, “Encounters with Ethnomusicologists: Teaching Music/Teaching Culture.”
World Music Pedagogy Professional Development Webinar Series. October 17, 2020.
Invited Conference Roundtable Presentation: John-Carlos Perea, “Navigating a Path toward Tenure: Focus on Underrepresented Minorities.”
Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Sponsored by the SEM Diversity Action Committee and the SEM Board.
RADIO: Check out Prof. Eddie Madril as one of the local hosts of the Bay Native Circle on KPFA.
NEW PODCAST: Roger Kuhn, Unsettling Eros & Decolonizing Sexuality (2020)
with the Queer Spirit Community.