Donnerstag 09.02. 18.00 Uhr

Teaching Native American Literature and Culture

Teacher Training

Part of Das Nordamerika Filmfestival

Location: ifa-WeltRaum, Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart
Admission: 10 Euro, DAZ-Members 7 Euro
Registration: Please register via school@daz.org

Native American culture, literature, and cinema definitely don’t get enough attention in today‘s English classrooms. For far too long, Indigenous peoples have been portrayed through stereotypes, especially in movies and mainstream media. But Native American culture is much more than could ever be depicted in a Western movie produced by white people. So how can it be taught in schools? What representations are authentic? What do we need to consider when teaching about Indigenous culture and literature?

All these questions and more will be answered in this teacher training. Joshua Nelson, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is Associate Professor of English, focusing on American Indian literature and film. His lecture will introduce you to widely available Native American literature (short stories and essays) and short films suitable for high school students that draw both on historical contexts and that center Indigenous people in the modern era. Key concepts such as the importance of land, traditions, Native language and political sovereignty will be explored as we look at vibrant works by award-winning writers and filmmakers such as Louise Erdrich (Ojibwe), N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa-Cherokee), Nanobah Becker (Diné), and Sterlin Harjo (Seminole-Muscogee Creek). 

With: Joshua Nelson, University of Oklahoma

Joshua Nelson

Presidential Professor Joshua Nelson (Cherokee) is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty with Film & Media Studies, Native American Studies, and Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is Co-Producer, Co-Writer, and host on the PBS documentary film Searching for Sequoyah, directed by James Fortier and produced by LeAnne Howe, which was nationally broadcast in 2021. He will direct the documentary film The Trail of the Thunderbirds on the 45th Infantry Division during World War II, and he is working on a monograph on representations of the body in Indigenous film. He is Lead Organizer of the Native Crossroads Film Festival & Symposium at OU, and the University of Oklahoma Press published his book Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture in 2014.

Photo: Tiffany Nelson