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Past American Indian Studies Seminars

Past Seminars

Friday, August 28, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
The dry, sunny landscape of the Southwest attracted a variety of settlers. One relative large subset were sick with tuberculosis. Larkin-Gilmore traces white, tuberculous health seekers who took jobs with the Indian Service in the early twentieth century in order to move to more salubrious climates, like the Southwest.
Friday, July 31, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
“Caribbean Natives in the Age of Revolution” examines the role that indigenous people and Afro-natives played in the wars and rebellions that rocked the Caribbean-basin in the final quarter of the eighteenth century with particular attention to St Vincent.
Friday, June 26, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
This is the third chapter of my manuscript in-progress: A Tale of Two Brothers: A Creek Indian Family’s Odyssey in Early America.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
In the early 1920s, a road scout for the Hearst newspapers stood on the south shore of Lake Superior. Mesmerized by the trees, cliffs, and gleaming island shores, he thought it was the perfect place to stage an Indian pageant, a grand reenactment of centuries’ worth of historic events. The Apostle Islands Indian Pageant, one of the region’s first large-scale tourism endeavors, opened in 1924.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
This paper examines the idea of treaty by turning to the works of two Yankton Dakota thinkers: Ella Cara Deloria (1889-1971) and her nephew Vine Deloria Jr. (1933-2005). Through their writings, the paper traces a notion of treaty as a mode of extending practices of social kinship.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
This chapter examines the Section 184 Home Loan Guarantee Program, the only off-reservation home loan program for American Indian people, administered by the federal government. Initially created in 1992, the program makes home loans more accessible to tribal citizens.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
McNickle Seminar Series
Many of the United States’ most important founding-era borders are located near the outer edge of constitutional discourse. The revolution and Constitution did not merely announce the United States as a political entity wedged between British and Spanish colonies.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
McNickle Seminar Series
The manuscript explores discourse surrounding a bitter dispute that erupted in 2016 over the construction of a crude oil pipeline in the United States. The pipeline, called the black snake by detractors, would run more than one-thousand miles from North Dakota to Illinois.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
McNickle Seminar Series
Native American women from the American Southwest have always used basket weaving to maintain relationships with nature, their spirituality, tribal histories, sovereignty, and their ancestors.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
McNickle Seminar Series
After a decade marked by the 1973 Occupation of Wounded Knee and the creation of the International Indian Treaty Council, U.S.-based Indigenous activists 1980s found themselves in a difficult position.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
McNickle Seminar Series
This presentation, a dissertation chapter-in-progress, compares Hopi ideas about preservation with reigning best practices in language revitalization initiatives and archival practice.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
McNickle Seminar Series
Native women are overwhelmingly ignored in research on gender-based violence. Native women residing in urban locales are particularly marginalized, as they are viewed as “less Native” by both non-Native researchers and at times by Native people living on reservation lands.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
McNickle Seminar Series
“No One Ever Sees Indians” based on Ernest’s lecture materials. Information is presented on Native American Cinema in the shape of a three part magic act, presenting historical information, social justice issues, self-representation and first-voice issues.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
McNickle Seminar Series
Chris will give an overview of his work, how the visual elements in his pieces coincide but thwart conventional ledger art while addressing Native American issues and identity politics in commercial art venues.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
The seminar provides a forum for works-in-progress that explore topics in American Indian Studies. We encourage the submission of proposals for seminar papers that examine a wide variety of subjects relating to American Indian and Indigenous history and culture broadly conceived.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
This seminar has been cancelled, but may be rescheduled at a future date. Check our website for updates.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Christianized Indians, pacifist Moravians, and acculturated captives all occupied a tenuous position in the eighteenth century, caught between the “white” world and the Indian one. The Moravian mission towns in the Ohio country hovered in not only the geographic borderlands but in the social borderlands as well.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
What caused the 1656 Timucua Rebellion? Everyone in La Florida had a different answer. The Spanish governor accused the Franciscans. The Franciscans were quick to point their fingers at the governor. The Timucuas offered their own explanations, often in less than open and free conditions, for the decisions and actions they took during the Timucua rebellion.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
This paper explores the narrative construction and ethnohistorical contextualization of “ontological discourse” in a contemporary (and recently published) Panoan narrative text concerning an intergenerational disagreement over the nature and identity of a group of mestizo rubber tappers whose enigmatic arrival in the Yavarí Valley of western Amazonia in the late nineteenth century is first cont
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Though the development of scientific museum collections in the nineteenth century relied primarily on field collecting, scientists and curators also exchanged specimens in order to extend the scope and comprehensiveness of their collections.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
This essay explores “Don” Pascual Encinas’ 19th century attempts to use corporate patriarchy as a means of subordinating the Seri Indians in the absence of the Mexican state.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
During the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries, elite white men were on a quest to define their masculinity, race and their claim to Detroit as a modern place. And indigeneity was the medium through which the processes of modernization occurred. In this chapter, I argue that elite whites deployed indigeneity to both memorialize and erase Indigenous people from Detroit.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
During the early 19th century, the Blackfoot peoples of what is now Alberta and Montana lived at the juncture of growing British and American fur trade empires. This essay explores the many ways the Blackfeet used this borderlands position to manipulate and shape the colonial projects expanding into their homelands.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Kristina Ackley, Evergreen State College
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
McNickle Seminar Series
Constructing a Rhetorical Biography of Plains Indian Pictography
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.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
McNickle Seminar Series
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.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
McNickle Seminar Series
Dugout Canoes in the Mississippi Valley
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.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
McNickle Seminar Series
U.S. Imperial Desire and the Struggle for Cuba Libre
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.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
For much of the 20th century many scholars have claimed that indigenous farmers in North America were marginal producers who often sowed the seeds of their own downfall through their negative impacts on the resource base. I use an agronomic analysis to deconstruct this argument, focusing on soil and crop characteristics that shape agricultural systems.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
How Town Identities Determined Native Nations in the Revolutionary Great Lakes
While scholars generally assume that villages and tribes ordered Indian Country in the past, there are few community studies to either support or challenge this view. Reconstructing local life along the Wabash Valley through maps, language, and ethnobotany illustrates how people (Miami, Shawnee, and others) practiced their ethnicities in the late eighteenth century.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
When Native Studies as a discipline was first launched in 1969, it was a movement to indigenize a space within the academy. After mainstream universities’ initial rush to initiate Native Studies programs, indigenizing a space, even after four decades, has proven difficult.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
Welsh Indians and the Early Republic
In 1576, John Dee claimed that Prince Madoc of Wales colonized North America in 1170. Via the “Doctrine of Discovery” and England’s absorption of Wales, Dee voided Spanish claims and justified British colonization. The legend resurfaced in the 1790s, when Anglo-Americans claimed western lands, the Mississippi valley.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
Contemporary maps of the overland trail tend to lay the routes across present-day state borders. Embracing these anachronistic boundaries deflects attention from the defining feature of the overland trail, namely, that Euro-Americans journeyed through lands occupied and controlled by American Indians.
Friday, May 3, 2013Saturday, May 4, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
A Newberry Symposium Commemorating 40th year of the McNickle Center
Despite the large number of faculty trained in American Indian history very little has changed and most college level students who enroll in large survey courses in U.S. history learn about Indians during the initial stages of encounter and then, Indians are often depicted as succumbing to epidemic diseases or being pushed off their lands by westward expansion.
Monday, April 29, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
Submission Deadline: 29 April 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
Citizen-Indians and Home Rule in Southern
The paper examines how California Indians resisted the pull of assimilation to non-Indian culture and undermined the homogeneity of federal Indian citizenship policy in the early twentieth century. Prior to 1924, Indians wishing to become United States citizens had to first demonstrate their assimilation to American culture through the ownership and appropriate use of land.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
Abolitionists and the Second Seminole War
In June 1843 American and British abolitionists convened in London for the second General World’s Anti-Slavery Convention. On the second day, delegates were treated to a visit from a Seminole Indian boy, who was introduced to the crowd as “a young Seminole Indian prince” named Nikkanochee.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
The Extermination of Kennewick Man’s Authenticity through Discourse examines the intersection of Baudrillard’s simulation and simulacra with Foucault’s construct biopolitics in the media discourse surrounding Kennewick Man—a 9,400 year‐old skeleton discovered in 1996.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
This paper analyzes and compares the roots, patterns and priorities of place-making in American Indian, Hispanic and Anglo and traditions in New Mexico. The relative importance given to values of permanence, propinquity, sustainability and land tenure, and the perceived relationship between manmade and natural landscapes will be interpreted through both legislation and legend.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
Constructing Indigeneity in Indians at Work, 1933-1945
From 1933-1945, the Office of Indian Affairs used the publication Indians at Work to document and promote the various emergency work programs that employed Native peoples in the United States.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
McNickle Seminar Series
Oral Tradition and Historiography
In contrast to considerable scholarship on Iroquoian diplomacy, warfare, and religion, there is surprisingly little research on post-contact eighteenth-century Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
McNickle Seminar Series
Literary History in the Works of LeAnne Howe
Insisting that history must be understood as a series of subjective interpretations of events, Choctaw writer LeAnne Howe changes canonized histories, rewriting and narrating those events to propose reconsidered Choctaw subjectivities.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
McNickle Seminar Series
Part of a Cultural Complex of Confederacies?
This paper examines the extent of the “Covenant Chain” of the Iroquois Confederacy in terms of its connections to other Indian Nations of the Northeast during the 18th and 19th Centuries. Over the past decade a number of remnant Eastern tribes, have attempted a renewal of these past relationships.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
McNickle Seminar Series
My research project will contribute to the expansive work Theda Perdue has accomplished in her seminal text, Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835 (London and Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998). I plan to write a monograph exposing how Cherokee males revered Cherokee females and elevated them to realms of utmost respect and honor.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
McNickle Seminar Series
Illustrating the Nation Through Family, 1880-1940
This paper argues that Kiowas composed their nation through family and kinship relations, and I posit that material culture constituted and illuminated kin ties that formed the foundation of the Kiowa nation. Kiowa individuals and families extended, maintained, and cemented these bonds by making and giving material items such as regalia, which manifested kinship bonds that connected them.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
McNickle Seminar Series
The O’Fallon Delegation of 1822 and the Performance of Publicity
This paper examines the public events surrounding Benjamin O’Fallon’s 1822 delegation of Plains Indian leaders. The O’Fallon delegation brought Pawnee, Omaha, Kansas, Oto, and Missouri leaders to Washington DC for the first time, where they met with President Monroe, sat for portraits, attended social gatherings, and were at the center of various public performances.
Friday, April 27, 2012
American Indian Studies Seminar Series, AY 2012-13Submission Deadline: April 27, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
McNickle Seminar Series
Native and African American Circus Employees Seize Labor, Travel and Educational Opportunities Across the Nation and Around the World
While generally overlooked in circus histories, Native and African American circus employees had a broad impact on entertainment, art and culture at the turn of the twentieth century.  This paper examines how they used a window of opportunity in the traveling circus industry to create networks beneficial to their wider careers, education and travel options.  Employees used the circus
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
McNickle Seminar Series
This seminar is co-sponsored by the Center for American History and Culture The Federal City and Indigenous Space: Imaging and Imagining Colonialism in Nineteenth-Century Washington DC Joe Genetin-Pilawa, Illinois College This seminar is co-sponsored by the Center for American History and Culture
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
McNickle Seminar Series
In addition to entertaining, children’s books educate by exposing youngsters to diverse cultures and experiences. In the case of Thanksgiving stories, they provide children’s first, and often only, exposure to “Indians,” while promoting a history that endorses the vanished race stereotype in order to glorify colonization.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
McNickle Seminar Series
Migration, Culture, & the Law, 1866-1889
This paper analyzes how the leaders of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory struggled to come to terms with the socio-legal implications of Cherokee migration. In the decades after the Civil War, levels Cherokee migration not seen since the Trail of Tears raised new questions about Cherokee identity.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
McNickle Seminar Series
The Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth-Century Ohio River Valley
Europeans misunderstood Indian identity and misrepresented the ethnically diverse villages of the thousand mile-long Ohio River valley in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Ethnicity was complex, villages diverse, and intermarriage commonplace. Villages were united by bonds of kinship, and tribal boundaries were rarely defined.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
McNickle Seminar Series
This paper examines the role of clans and lineages among the Ottawa (especially the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa) and Chippewa (Ojibwa) of northern Michigan from the 17th century to the present day.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
McNickle Seminar Series
African Americans, Native Americans, and the Universal Races Congress
The Progressive Era is often depicted as a time of white middle class moral and social reform, and calls for transforming an ever-decaying U.S. society. This period was also marked by U.S. colonial expansion abroad, and, often forgotten, at home. African Americans and Native Americans were also proponents of moral and social change. However, they sought an end to U.S. colonialism at home.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
McNickle Seminar Series
The Jumano have intrigued several generations of scholars because of their ubiquitous historical presence in New Mexico, Coahuila and Texas and their historical relationships with other Native American groups as well with the Spanish and the French.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
McNickle Seminar Series
Indigenous Peoples and European Expansion in Northeastern Brazil, 1550-1700
Recent studies have shown that indigenous peoples played an indispensable role as military allies of European colonial powers in Mesoamerica and Eastern North America. A similar argument can be made about the role of indigenous peoples in the European conquest of Northeastern Brazil.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
McNickle Seminar Series
Cosmogonic Ruler, Redemptive Priest, and Noble Savage
The Mexican Highland god Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent) has held the imagination of two radically different cultures and peoples living in three different historical contexts: the Late Postclassic, Early Colonial and presently.  My eventual goal is to begin interrogating primitivist categories governing selected contemporary images of Quetzalcoatl.  I will argue tha
Thursday, March 31, 2011
McNickle Seminar Series
Cochimí Indians and the Spanish Colonization of Alta California
My paper examines the participation of Cochimí Indians from Baja California in the Spanish colonization of Alta California, the modern state of California.  This paper describes the context within which Baja California’s Cochimí Indians made their decision to volunteer for Spain’s northward expeditions into Alta California in 1769-1770.  I identify the ways in which i
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
McNickle Seminar Series
Claims of Equality, Appeals for Reconciliation & Inclusion
This essay focuses on tribal leader Simon Pokagon and his novel Queen of the Woods, first published in 1899. In it, I explore the ways in which Pokagon’s writing served as a memorial and monument to Native peoples. Simon Pokagon was a celebrity in Chicago during his lifetime and was a featured speaker at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
McNickle Seminar Series
Termination, Reclamation, Religious Freedom, and Financial Independence in Navajoland, 1947-1980
In 1974, eight Navajo singers filed a lawsuit, Badoni v.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
McNickle Seminar Series
An excerpt from a chapter of my dissertation (in progress), which explores the ways in which the cultural productions of the arts have contributed to the persistence of a Chicago American Indian community, this essay is an introduction to that community from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
McNickle Seminar Series
Environmental Epistemology in the Lower Ohio River Valley
By examining the ways in which behavior and perception—culture—maintain a dynamic, reciprocally constitutive relationship with the environment, this essay attempts to bring cultural history into closer negotiation with scientific analyses of environmental development.  As landscapes set parameters and physical contingencies, culture assigns meanings and continually infuses
Thursday, October 28, 2010
McNickle Seminar Series
Mapping Indian Borders in the ‘Borderlands’ of the Early Southwest
“Geographies of Power: Mapping Indian Borders in the ‘Borderlands’ of the Early Southwest” confronts the problem that, in pursuing inclusive models for the intersections of diverse people across North America, early American scholars have lost sight of the integrity of bordered Indian domains and the power that gave them in their interactions with Europeans.  In contrast t
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
McNickle Seminar Series
Cherokees, Moravian Missionaries, and The New Madrid Earthquakes, 1811-12
From December 1811 through the spring of 1812, a series of massive earthquakes rattled the eastern half of North America.  At a mission site in Cherokee country, Moravians and Cherokees met to discuss the earthquakes’ meaning.  This paper uses their earthquake interpretations to trace a wider grappling for interpretive authority between Cherokees and Moravians.  Contemporary cult
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
McNickle Seminar Series
Gendered Discourses of Civilization and the Political Economy of Remembering US-Indian Violence in Late Nineteenth Century Popular Culture
Today, the story of Winema is part of the collective memory of colonialism in southern Oregon and Northern California. She is remembered as the Pocahontas of the Lava Beds,” and there are hotels, restaurants, streets and schools named after her.