Seminar on Advanced Topics in Native American Studies—“Making Sense of Place”
NATAMST 190 | CCN: 20042
TU 2:00 - 4:59 pm 51 Evans
How do we know where we are, and who we are, through our senses? What maps do we read not by sight but by smell or feel? How do the histories of a place emerge in the sound of a creekbed, the taste of tea, the smell of curry or the sight of a street sign? In this course, we will be reading and writing about place through sensory perceptions, using the UC Berkeley campus and the greater Bay Area as our laboratory. We will explore indigenous ways of relating to homelands as well as diasporic patterns of place-making, turning toward the sensory world as our guide.
The writing focus of the class will be personal essay/creative nonfiction.
This course is part of the Art of Writing program: http://artofwriting.berkeley.edu/