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ANTH 235 - Indigenous Peoples of North America

  • 3 credits

Indigenous Peoples of North America (ANTH 235) is an introductory anthropology course. The purpose of this course is to gain an indigenous and anthropological perspective of the various indigenous cultures of North America.

The continent of North America has a long history, but it is a history we don’t often hear about in books. This story starts 14,000 years ago during the last ice age when groups of people migrated to North America from Asia. It continues through the rise and decline of civilizations across the North American landscape, through the Age of Discovery and the colonial era we all learn about in grade school, through the birth of the United States and Canada. But so much of what we know is only a part of this story. The people who first came to this land are still here—often invisible to our eyes—and they have their own story to tell. Who are they, why are they invisible, and what might they add to this story? Explore the answers to these questions in Indians of North America. We will learn about the rich cultures that exist all around us, how these cultures are living in the contemporary world, and what the people of these cultures have to say about their lives.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Elucidate the political, economic, social, and ideological systems and organizations of several Native American and First Nation cultures, and illustrate similarities and differences among them
  • Elaborate historical processes that have impacted Indigenous North American cultures, and how these cultures have changed over time
  • Articulate some contemporary issues associated with Native North American cultures
  • Understand Indigenous perspectives concerning many themes, such as land, the environment, identity, history, spirituality, politics, art, cultural property, development, and knowledge


Dr. Teresa Tellechea
Dr. Teresa Tellechea

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Dr. Teresa Tellechea is a cultural anthropologist originally from Madrid, Spain, where she completed her BA in Philosophy and PhD at Autonomous University of Madrid. She completed her doctoral coursework and research at CU Boulder for her dissertation on the intercultural aspects of disability in the United States. She has spent more than twenty years applying ethnographic tools to issues in different fields, including public and mental health, agriculture, criminal justice, education, and foreign affairs. She enjoys bringing her professional experience to her classes in the anthropology department. Dr. Tellechea’s applied work has focused on the socio-cultural dimensions of health disparities, human rights, and social injustice faced by minority groups. She has a keen interest in social documentary, having worked on visual ethnographic projects for State Department-sponsored Young Iraqi Leadership Program, West Bank Refugee Camp project through United Nations, and a freelance work on the front lines of the Balkan War. Before returning to Colorado last year, Dr. Tellechea advised U.S. Embassy officials in identifying and understanding political, religious and civil society trends and developments in Sri Lanka and Maldives. She looks forward to working on similar ethnographic projects in the Middle East where she will be living the next two years.