The D’Arcy McNickle Center launched the Seminar Series in American Indian Studies in the fall 2008. The seminars feature scholarly discussion of papers based on work in progress. Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are encouraged to attend and to circulate news of this forum to colleagues.
Seminar sessions are held on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois. We will pre-circulate papers to those planning to attend. If you cannot attend and want to read a paper, please contact the author directly. To receive a copy of a paper, email email@example.com or call (312) 255-3564. Papers are available for request two weeks prior to the seminar date. Please include your email address in all correspondence.
The seminar format assumes that participants have read the essays in advance, and that those requesting the paper will attend. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend. We encourage faculty members to invite their graduate students to attend.
The 1850s were marked by the rapid expansion of U.S. territory. Almost all of these physical extensions of empire were joined by heated debates about Indigenous sovereignty. A site of particular interest was Cuba, as evidenced by the popularity of Narciso López’s various filibustering attempts.
We know far more about the iconic birch bark canoe than we do about the large wooden dugout canoes that were central to Native American life along vast sections of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers at the time of European contact, and for many centuries before that.
This essay explores the complexities of Cherokee-British interaction along the Tennessee River. Between 1670 and 1758 Europeans became aware of a “corridor” that could connect British Carolina with the Ohio Valley, the Wabash River, and the Illinois country via the Tennessee.
The recent explosion of material and object-oriented theories in the Western traditions of philosophy, anthropology, literary studies, and rhetoric, among others, resonate with the millennia-long traditions of American Indian ontologies that recognize humans’ role as one, equal entity among others in vast webs of interrelationships.