Indians in the Archives

Silver Horn. Self-portrait. Ayer Art Silverhorn, Drawing #101.
Silver Horn. Self-portrait. Ayer Art Silverhorn, Drawing #101.
Reading Representations of American Indians
Chicago Teachers as Scholars
Monday, June 23, 2014 to Wednesday, June 25, 2014

9 am to 3 pm each day

Full, wait list only

Room 101

Dr. Patricia Marroquin Norby, The Newberry Library

What do historical images of American Indian peoples tell us about the evolving relationships between Indians and non-Indians? What valuable information about our past and ourselves can we glean from artworks that portray indigenous peoples and also the materials that were used to create them? This seminar will introduce analysis methods of visual depictions and art materials that are relevant to better understanding images of indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. From early contact periods through the nineteenth century, artists, anthropologists, soldiers, and travelers produced representations of Indian peoples in a variety of media including drawings and paintings, mass-produced prints, photographs, and illustrations for books and periodicals. These images were created for very specific audiences for very specific purposes. Seminar participants will comparatively analyze images created by non-Indians with artworks created by Indian peoples of themselves. Together, we will consider the role of these images in shaping the American national identity and imaginations of America’s Indigenous peoples.

This seminar is generously funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Patricia Marroquin Norby is the Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry.

Cost and registration information: 

This three-day seminar will culminate in a collaborative digital lesson-planning workshop.

Registration is free and open to all CPS teachers. Register here.

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