BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNWS-206 - First Nation Women's Artistic Tradition - 3.00 Credits

FNWS-206 - First Nation Women's Artistic Tradition - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course, by way of participatory methods and experiential methods, will survey the artistic expressions of First Nations women which allows for a new approach to understanding First Nations cultures. Further, this course will examine both the spiritual and political themes inherent in First Nations women's cultural expression. This course is predicated on the notion that creativity resides in all of us, thus, artistic ability (as generally defined) is not a prerequisite.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Associate of Arts Degree- First Nations Studies - Year 2
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor. Recommended prerequisite FNWS 100.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop an appreciation for the history and aesthetics of traditional and contemporary First Nations women’s art;

  • Interpret the economical, political, and spiritual dimensions in First Nations women's art;

  • Demonstrate how artistic expression can be a means of combining a personal and public identity;

  • Ability to comprehend how contemporary artistic works by First Nations women has formed a critique of western thought that is both explicit and implicit;

  • Appreciate the diversity of visual and narrative expression by First Nations women, both, historically and contemporary;

  • Understand how hierarchical classifications of "applied" and "fine" art reinforce unequal power relations between men and women;

  • Ability to discern how creative expressions carry specific messages or stories about how individual artists interpret family and tribal histories, how they experience the present, or what they project for the future;

  • Ability to undertake directed research;

  • Gain greater writing skills;

  • Develop greater critical analytical skills; and

  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a group setting.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Ackerman, Lillian. ed. (1996). A Song To The Creator: Traditional Arts Of Native American Women Of The Plateau. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
  • Brant, Beth and Sandra Laronde. (1995). Sweetgrass Grows All Around Her, Native Women in the Arts. Canada Council.
  • Verrall, Catherine. (1988). All My Relations: Sharing Native Values Through The Arts. Canada: Canadian Alliance in Solidarity with Native Peoples.
  • Additional readings will be available at the bookstore and/or placed on reserve in the library.
  • Students will be expected to purchase the necessary supplies needed for both class and individual projects. Expenses will be determined by the projects chosen by the students
  • Other Resources:
  • Hill, Tom and Richard W. Hill. eds. (1994). Creation’s Journey: Native American Identity and Belief. Washington:

  • Glenbow Musuem. (1987)
  • The Spirit Sings: Artistic Traditions of Canada’s First Peoples
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  • Wolf, Janet. (1981). The Social Production of Art. London: Macmillan Education Ltd.
  • Nunez, Bonita Wa Wa Calachaw. (1980). Spirit Woman: The Diaries And Paintings Of Bonita Wa Wa Calachaw Nunez. San Francisco: Harper & Row.
  • Berlo, Janet. (1993) “ Dreaming of Double Woman: The Ambivalent Role of the Female Artist in North American Indian Mythology” in American Indian Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 31-43.
  • Other books may be drawn from the program bibliography as determined by instructor.

  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Late Assignments: All assignments are to be handed in at the beginning of class on the date they are due. Late assignments will be assessed a 5 % per day penalty. Assignments not submitted within one week of the due date will not be accepted. Every effort should be made to have assignments in on the due date. Assignments will not be graded after the due date without a written agreement negotiated between student and instructor. If you know that you will be unable to hand your assignment in on time, you should discuss it with your instructor at least one week in advance of the due date. Extensions are only given in compelling medical or personal circumstances; documentation may be required.
    Papers: Papers should be typewritten if possible but hand-written papers may be accepted. Papers with illegible writing will not be graded. Students should make every effort to acquaint themselves with a computer and a writing program; watch for workshop offered by Student Services which will equip you with the tools you need for researching and writing on a computer. Papers should be completed on 8½ x 11 inch white or recycled paper and secured with a single staple in the upper left hand corner. Papers should carry the date the paper was submitted rather than the date it was due. Students should keep a hard copy of their paper or a photocopy of their paper before you hand it in.
    Attendance: Attendance at lectures is critical because much information on the various topical areas, as well as, the assignments is disseminated in class. Lack of attendance will definitely be reflected in your overall grade. Students are expected to excuse their absences, in advance of the class, through other students or the instructor. Students with three ( 3) or more documented absences may be required to withdrawn from the class and/or face disciplinary action.