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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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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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DSP Department / Program: Native American Studies
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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, artist, writers, 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, as well as art galleries, studios, museums, and meetings with local Native American politicians, scholars, educators, and artists.


Faculty Director
2018 Fall:  This is a biennial program and will not be offered in 2018
2019 Fall:  Professor N. Bruce Duthu

NAS 30.1:  Contemporary Native American Art
Visiting Professor Evans/Amber-Dawn Bear Robe
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:  Indigenous Peoples of the Southwest
Visiting Professor
(description pending)

NAS 30.3: Native American Law & Literature
Professor N. Bruce Duthu
The Acoma Pueblo poet Simon Ortiz once noted that “because of the insistence to keep telling and creating stories, Indian life continues, and it is this resistance against loss that has made life possible.”  The regenerative and re-affirming force of tribal stories has been most severely tested when confronted by the overwhelming, and often destructive, power of federal law in Indian affairs.  The complex matrix of legal and political relations between Indian tribes and the federal government thus serves as a singularly important arena to examine contested notions of national identity, sovereignty, relationships to lands and people, and concepts of justice.  Students will read literary texts produced by Native authors and legal texts involving Indian tribes in order to understand how the Native production of stories contributes to the persistence of tribal nationhood and indigeneity in contemporary America.

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 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 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, 2019 is the application deadline for this program.
Further Information:
Students may contact Professor Bruce Duthu, Professor of Native American Studies if they have any questions.
            Phone:  (603) 646-9028

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 each program by clicking on the appropriate term. 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. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.

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