5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Kristina Ackley, Evergreen State College
This paper analyzes the Oneida Homeland Tours, a series of recent trips that contribute to unsettling a bounded, federal rights-based discourse that has thus far limited a Wisconsin Oneida role in the homeland and instead engages with processes that continually work to recreate flexible understandings of place and identity. The aim of the Homeland Tours was to create connections for Wisconsin Oneida people to their history and possible future in the homeland—to nurture attachments to a place that many knew only through stories. “Going home” means mediating tensions through recognition that home can exist in multiple sites. I contextualize the mobility of the Wisconsin Oneida, examine the ways that Tour participants viewed such places as the site of the 1777 Battle of Oriskany, and link these spatial and temporal processes in a discussion of reclaiming Haudenosaunee identity.
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