This seminar will introduce students to the ways in which oral histories have informed Indigenous Studies, its theorizing and practice. We will examine selected events or topics in Native histories and cultures and examine how oral tradition has made significant contributions and interventions in Native Studies.
Castle McLaughlin, PhD, Associate Curator of North American Ethnography at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography
Scott Manning Stevens, PhD, Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Professor Robert Dale Parker, University of Illinois
This interdisciplinary workshop engages this central issue in American Indian Studies by confronting head-on one of the key instruments employed in the colonization of indigenous homelands: maps. While acknowledging that maps embody the values and goals of their makers, the workshop aims nevertheless to assess their potential, and the potential of spatially-oriented inquiry more generally