Courses of Study 2020-2021 
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Courses of Study 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AIIS 2100 - Indigenous Ingenuities as Living Networks

(crosslisted) AMST 2108 , ARTH 2101  
(CA-AG, KCM-AG) (CU-UGR)     
Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.


This course explores Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) knowledge and its application across the disciplines and through time. In particular, it offers a glimpse into Cornell’s local indigenous culture through Haudenosaunee understanding of themselves as a unique people, maintaining traditional teachings and fulfilling ancient responsibilities in the world. Students will engage multiple primary sources including: art, archives, material and expressive culture and interact with Haudenosaunee knowledge holders, intellectuals, and elders.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to define and analyze Indigenous knowledge systems and situate Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies as unique bodies of knowledge.

Outcome 2: Students will gain an understanding of Haudenosaunee peoples as a distinct cultural entity and as an Indigenous people, exercising their sovereign rights within the territory of the present day United States.

Outcome 3: Students will know how to identify the ways in which Haudenosaunee knowledge systems have adapted over time to meet outside challenges as well as the needs of its members.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to recognize the original territory of the Haudenosaunee and trace its shifting boundaries into the post-Revolutionary period.

Outcome 5: Students will gain awareness of Ithaca’s and Cornell’s connection to the history of Cayuga people and their homelands.

Outcome 6: Students will become familiar with Haudenosaunee gender roles, social organization, and political and economic systems.

Outcome 7: Students will become aware of Haudenosaunee agriculture practices and botanical and ecological knowledge.

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