Native American and Indigenous Studies

Welcome to Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown (NAISAB), an interdisciplinary initiative of faculty and students interested in teaching and research that explores, and increases the understanding of, the cultural traditions and political experiences of Indigenous Peoples (especially in the Western Hemisphere) through historical and contemporary lenses. NAISAB currently includes 29 faculty members and fellows in the departments of American Studies, English, History, Anthropology, Religion, and Music, as well as the Haffenreffer Museum. Courses offered by NAISAB affiliated faculty explore American Indian historic and contemporary lifeways; the history of contact between European and Native peoples; environmental health and research in Native communities; historic and contemporary peoples of Central and South America; indigenous knowledge and the sciences; and Native American religion, literature, and media.