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Indigenous heritage of the Americas


Admission requirements



Indigenous peoples in the Americas always have been actively involved in negotiating processes of defining and redefining heritage, but these processes have often been represented in oppositional fashion.
Can we move beyond traditional disciplinary, epistemolocal and ethical dualisms and work towards more nuanced, complex and dialogical approaches and practices?

In search for anwers the course discusses key concepts of heritage and indigeneity in the Americas within the broader context of the relationship between indigenous peoples and academic discourse at a global level.

Course objectives

  • Ability to critically assess literature and argue one’s position;

  • Maintain a discussion on the basis of the assigned literature and case studies;

  • Ability to carry out a modest independent research in a team setting;

  • Learn to work in a team setting;

  • Ability to organise a session at the concluding seminar;

  • Convincingly present research results orally and in writing in a poster presentation and through an academic paper to be delivered during the seminar;

  • Ability to write and present and academic paper.


Course schedule details can be found in the BA3 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Tutorial;

  • Seminar.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 5×3 hours of lectures;

  • 7 hours of seminar;

  • 250 pages of literature;

  • Assignment.

Assessment method

  • Seminar organisation (10%);

  • Poster (25%);

  • 2 team presentations (40%);

  • Final paper (25%).

All exam dates (exams, re-sits, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

  • L. Tuhiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. London: Zedbooks (2012 [1999]);

  • M.C. Forte, Indigenous Cosmopolitans. Transnational and Transcultural Indigeneity in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Peter Lang (2010) (pp 1-17);

  • Wane Njoki,”[Re]Claiming my Indigenous Knowledge: Challenges, Resistance, and Opportunities” in: Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society Vol. 2, No. 1 (2013) (pp. 93-107);

  • K. Horsthemke, “Indigenous Knowledge – Conceptions and Misconceptions” in: Journal of Education of the School of Education. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritsburg South Africa. # 32 (2004) (pp. 31-49);

  • Other literature to be defined during the course.


Registration for the course is not necessary, registration for the exam is mandatory. For instructions, see the Registration in uSis page.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Registration Contractonderwijs

All information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).


For more information about his course, please contact mw. dr. L.N.K. van Broekhoven.