AIS 375: Engaging the Waterways class (autumn 2018)

Looking for a last-minute addition to your autumn schedule? Want to learn more about the ground you walk on (and the water you see) everyday on campus? Check out the following info about a special topics course offered this autumn through the Department of American Indian Studies. Note that while this course can be applied to your areas of knowledge requirements, the course does not fulfill any specific requirements of the Major or Minor in Marine Biology.

AIS 375 is a special topics course titled Engaging the Waterways and will look specifically at the geographical, ecological, and cultural history of the physical campus grounds. It’s a hands-on course centered around the arrival of the Willapa Spirit honor canoe on campus this Autumn and will include walking tours, hearing from Native community elders and Canoe Families, and field expeditions. Assignments are designed for all learners and include making plant species cards, keeping a field journal, and reflection papers – making it a great class for first year students and upperclassmen alike (we have even had grad students in the past). If you want to see the walking tours students will be taking, view the Waterlines Project Map, produced by the Burke Museum.

No prereqs. 5 credits, I&S. (NW credit option available as well).

Julie Greenlee
Canoe Family members and UW students carry canoes into the water at the UW Waterfront Activity Center in preparation for the Paddle to Golden Gardens on May 21, 2017, site of the Paddle to Seattle in 1989. In the Coast Salish, or Lushootseed language, this historic place name translates to “carry a canoe”.