Native American and Indigenous Studies

  • Public Engagement and Lectures

  • Celebrating Heritage

  • Community Gatherings

  • Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

Welcome to Brown's Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative (NAISI), 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. NAISI currently includes 29 faculty members and fellows in the departments of American Studies, English, History, Anthropology, Religion, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, and Music, as well as the Haffenreffer Museum. Courses offered by NAISI 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.

Click here to view NAISI's brochure