Public Talk by Danika Medak-Saltzman, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Sudies, University of Colorado, Boulder
This talk is organized around three pieces of digital artwork created by
Anishinaabe and Metis artist Elizabeth LaPensee, namely "The Women, They
Hold the Ground"(2015), "The Grandmothers Carry Water from the Other
World" (2016), and "With Songs to Pull Oil from Water" (2017). Situating these
pieces within the political moments from which they emerge foregrounds
Indigenous resurgence movements, particularly those intended to protect and
pray for water. The talk highlights how the artistic and more overtly political
arms of Indigenous futurist efforts are emblematic of the power of imagining
and bringing into existence alternative realities and alternative futures.
Dr. Danika Medak-Saltzman is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She was the Katrin H. Lamon Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M. in 2012-2013. Her teaching and research interests include Indigenous feminisms, postcolonial science fiction, Indigenous futurisms, and visual/material culture.
Please note the TIME CHANGE to 3PM.
Sarah Deer (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) is a professor of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies and Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. She has worked to end violence against women for over 25 years and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights. Her latest book is The Beginning and End of Rape:
Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, which has received several awards. Her work on violence against Native women has received national recognition from the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice. Professor Deer is also the Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals.
As part of the 4th Annual Five College Native American & Indigenous Studies Symposium, join us for a night of demystifying indigenous resistance through both contemporary and traditional indigenous culture. Featuring performances by La Marea, Urban Thunder, Big Wind, and more.
Join us for RESIST!, the 4th Annual Native American & Indigenous Studies Symposium.
Thursday, April 5, 7PM
Film screening of "When Two Worlds Collide"
Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College
Friday, April 6, 9AM-5PM
Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, Amherst College
Friday, April 6, 7PM
The Octagon, Amherst College
This event is co-sponsored by: Hampshire: School of Critical Social Inquiry, Compassionate Knowledge Project, School of Cognitive Science, Ethics and the Common Good Project, School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, Humanities Program, Office for Diversity and Multicultural Education; UMass Amherst: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Anthropology, Chancellor's Office, CPNAIS; Mount Holyoke: History; Amherst College: AAS Budgetary Committee, President's Office, Office of Student Affairs; Five College Native American and Imdigenous Studies; Five Colleges Lecture Fund.
Please join the Five College Women's Studies Research Center for a book Salon with Laura M. Furlan, Associate Professor of English, UMass Amherst.
Discussants: Christine DeLucia (Mount Holyoke College) and Laura Doyle (UMass Amherst)
In Indigenous Cities, Laura Furlan demonstrates that stories of the urban experience are essential to an understanding of modern Indigeneity. She situates Native identify among theories of diaspora, cosmopolitanism, and transnationalism by examining urban narratives.
Dinner provided. RSVP: https://fcwsrc-salon-april.eventbrite.com/
Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada was established in 1890 as a federally mandated residential school that attempted to remove Native children from approximately 200 Tribal communities and assimilate them into mainstream society.
Dr. Sarah Cowie will discuss collaborative efforts using archaeology, historical documents, and oral history to examine the continued effects of removal and attempted assimilation of Native communities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as well as the threat of cultural erasure posed by removal of artifacts from the site.
Collaborating with young people and elders from several Tribes helped to decolonize research, enrich interpretations and preservation efforts at this site, and demonstrate the knowledge and resilience of communities whose voices should be influential in archaeological research.
Sarah Cowie is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada-Reno. Her research and teaching interests include the archaeology of laboring communities, social theories of power relations, and collaborative archaeology with American Indian communities. She earned her B.A. in Archaeology from Mount Holyoke College, her M.S. in Industrial Archaeology from Michigan Technological University, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of Arizona. In 2016, she received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama.
This event is sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Department of History, the Mount Holyoke College Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Smith College Department of Anthropology, the UMass Amherst Department of Anthropology, the Five College Lecture Fund, and the Five College Native American & Indigenous Studies Program.
Please join us for a lecture by Natalie Avalos of Connecticut College.
The Massachusetts Native Peoples Working Groups will meet twice this fall to continue discussing and strategizing around protecting traditional lands and natural resources, protecting Indian artisans, and supporting native education. All and welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Please RSVP to Nicole Friederichs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us and the members of the Mohegan Tribe for a special presentation by Professor Jean M. O’Brien (University of Minnesota). Dr. O’Brien will present on her book, Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Drawing on more than six hundred local histories from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, Dr. O’Brien explores how these narratives inculcated the myth of Indian extinction, a myth that has stubbornly remained in the American consciousness. Firsting and Lasting argues that local histories became a primary means by which European Americans asserted their own modernity while denying it to Indian peoples.