In this course we take a broad look at the histories of people who lived in the Midwestern United States prior to the arrival of Europeans. We will explore histories of the Midwest beginning with the arrival of the first people to the continent through European conquest. There were times when the Midwest was the center of the most important religious, social and political movements in North America, particularly during the Hopewell and Mississippian periods. For example, did you know that Indiana has great mounds and earthworks that were built as part of interlinked sacred landscapes, or that events in Indiana helped shape legislation to protect cultural resources across the US? Interactions of pre-Columbian peoples, histories, landscapes, ideologies, cosmologies, technologies and art, will be examined through site reports, case studies and films in developing an understanding of the pre-Colombian people of the Midwest.