Native Peoples of the Southwest

Class Dates

March 25, 2021 to April 29, 2021

Meeting Days

Thursdays, 4 - 5:30 PM


Online Course



Course Instructor(s)

Course Description

We invite you to join Distinguished Outreach Professor Tom Sheridan for a six-week virtual course on the Native Peoples of the Southwest, particularly those of southern Arizona, and their interactions with the Spanish empire, the Mexican republic, and the United States over the last 500 years. The Southwest is a region that remained a frontier in the most basic sense of the term---a place where no group had a monopoly on violence---until the 1880s, when Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apaches surrendered for the final time. During those centuries, Native peoples living in the region like the Hopis and O’odham encountered two waves of newcomers---Athabaskan-speaking peoples from the north and Spaniards from the south. This class will focus on those encounters as well as the contemporary struggles of Native peoples to reclaim their tribal sovereignty and take control of their own destinies in the 21st century.


Readings and Syllabus

Sheridan, Thomas E. and Nancy J. Parezo, eds. Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest and Northern Mexico. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1996. ISBN-13: 978-0816514663.

Attendance & Participation

This course will be delivered via the University of Arizona Zoom platform. The six different class sessions will be LIVE ONLINE and will be recorded. The recordings will be shared with registered students after each session to facilitate access for those who cannot make the live sessions.


Online registration for this course is now open. After registration participants will receive instructions about how to access the course online. 


Refunds are available and need to be requested before or by March 31. To drop a class, please contact Kerstin Miller at 520-621-5111 or A $25 administrative fee for each cancellation will apply.