Jill Goldberg will offer an introduction to Indigenous literature and the history of contact between First Nations and settlers in a Canadian context. Through a discussion of readings from the anthology Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories From Turtle Island, we will explore topics including storytelling as a means of learning, the meaning of Land and language, as well as the ongoing impacts of residential schooling and other colonial policies and how these persist in the post-TRC era. If possible, we will be joined by 1 – 2 guest speakers.
Participants will receive a course package (as a pdf) prepared by Jill Goldberg.
The anthology can be purchased here: https://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Books/R/Read-Listen-Tell2. Please note that there is an e-book option at a very reduced price. Local independent booksellers can also order it if it is not already in stock.
Proposed (and possibly overly ambitious) Reading & Topic List
Week 1: “’You’ll Never Believe What Happened’ Is Always a Great Way to Start”
Topics: storytelling, values implicit to stories.
Week 2: “The Way of the Sword” and (optional) “King of the Tie Snakes”
Topics: the legacy of residential schools, and reserve life.
Week 3: “Borders” and (optional) “An Athabasca Story”
Topics: Land, borders, resource extraction.
Week 4: “Goodbye Snauq”
Topic: History specific to Vancouver
Week 5: “Land Speaking”
Topic: The importance and state of Indigenous language today.
Week 6: “The Republic of Tricksterism”
Topic: the Indian Act, women within the Indian Act.
Week 7: “Tatterborn”
Topic: The seductive ways of the colonizer
Week 8: “Terminal Avenue”
Topic: Resurgence of storytelling, the healing power of culture