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Native American Studies DSP Santa Fe
Santa Fe, United States (Outgoing w/Side Trips Program)
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Program Terms: Fall
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Program Overview

NASThis is a biennial program and will be offered in fall 2019

This off-campus program is designed to provide Dartmouth students with an enriched and unique intellectual experience in Native American Studies that is not possible to replicate in Hanover, New Hampshire. The program offers proximity to a large and diverse number of distinct Native American tribal communities. As the state capital, Santa Fe serves as the focal point for state-tribal political relations in both the historical and contemporary periods. Santa Fe is the recognized hub of Native American art with numerous galleries, museums, studios and major international events dedicated to the exhibition and/or sale of Native art. The landscape itself serves as a living textbook of cross-cultural encounters in times of conflict and cooperation.
The program will be based at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) located just a few miles south of Santa Fe's downtown. Established in 1962, IAIA is the only four-year degree fine arts institution in the nation dedicated to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. As our institutional partner, IAIA has opened its classrooms, library, and cafe to Dartmouth students.

In addition to the resources available at IAIA, the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe will allow our students to access their substantial library collection in the humanities and social sciences, as well as their rich collection of southwestern pottery, jewelry and textiles.  Students will also be invited to attend the SAR colloquium series.
The program of study will consist of three courses that, in combination, will advance the major thematic areas of inquiry in Native American Studies on the Dartmouth campus while also taking full advantage of the unique resources available in this extraordinary setting. The major thematic areas of inquiry include the intersection of indigenous and European histories; cultural values and the dynamics of cultural change; the study and representation of indigenous peoples and cultures by anthropologists, artists and other non-Native researchers and observers as well as indigenous peoples' own self-representation; traditional and contemporary indigenous arts (e.g., paintings, basketry, carving, sculpture, ceramics, photography and textiles). Each course will feature excursions to key local archaeological, historical, cultural, and governmental sites (e.g., Window Rock -- the capital of the Navajo Nation), as well as art galleries, studios, museums, and meetings with local Native American politicians, scholars, educators, and artists.


Faculty Director
2017 Fall:  Professor Sergei Kan
2018 Fall:  This is a biennial program and will not be offered in 2018

NAS 30.1:  Contemporary Native American Art
Visiting Professor Evans
This course exams the work of contemporary Native artists and the discourses around Native artistic practices, identity, authenticity, market dynamics, cultural continuity, and social activism.  Students will examine methods used for researching and writing about living artists, including theories and methods emphasized by indigenous arts scholars. Students will perform original research and writing about living Native artists, including an artist interview.

NAS 30.2:  History of the Native Peoples of the Southwest
Visiting Professor
(description pending)

NAS 30.3:  Native Americans of the Southwest: Representations and Realities
Professor Sergei Kan
American anthropologists and other visitors and residents of the Southwestern United States, have imagined, understood, and represented its Native people in a variety of ways. Both the biases and insights of their perspectives are discussed and compared with the ways that tradition-bearers, activists, and academic scholars have represented their cultures through storytelling, art, museum displays, and writing. The course focuses on the cultures of the Rio Grande Pueblos, Navajos (Diné), Apaches, Zunis, and Tohono O'odham, and will explore issues such as spirituality, language and culture, environment and landscape, kinship and sociopolitical organization, cultural continuity and change, and contemporary issues. The course includes lectures by Native American guest speakers and anthropologists, as well as field trips to Santa Fe museums and tourist sites.
The program will be open to all Dartmouth upper-class undergraduate students in good academic standing.  As minimum qualifications, applicants must have taken and passed at least two NAS courses prior to the start of the program and meet all college standards for eligibility to participate in off-campus programs.  Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a record of academic excellence, the ability to work well with others and a capacity for openness, respect and responsibility in diverse settings. In short, we seek to enroll a group of students who will, individually and collectively, exemplify our commitment to the highest academic standards and the principles of community, inclusion and honor.

Student Life

Students will live in Santa Fe, where all of their rooms will be doubles with private bathrooms and showers.  Transportation to and from the IAIA campus will be provided twice a day.  Students will have breakfast in Santa Fe, lunch in the IAIA cafeteria, and dinner either at the IAIA cafeteria or in Santa Fe.  The IAIA cafeteria serves as a common meeting space for students, faculty and staff to gather at mealtime.    IAIA purchases much of its produce from local providers, including from a number of the tribal communities in the region.  Students will also participate in social events on the IAIA campus at other times.  IAIA is an alcohol and substance free campus.  Our students will be bound to the institution's rules of conduct.  Any violations of those rules may jeopardize the student's continued participation on this program. 
The program will operate a regular shuttle to transport students from Santa Fe to the IAIA and back.  Students can also access the bus system that runs between Santa Fe and the IAIA campus area.  Students are permitted to have personal vehicles while on this program, though we encourage all program participants to use common transport as much as possible.
February 1, 2017 is the application deadline for this program.
Further Information:
Students may contact Professor Sergei Kan, Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies if they have any questions.
            Phone:  (603) 646-2550

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees
The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for this program by clicking here. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid
In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.