This seminar is a forum for the interdisciplinary study of the indigenous peoples and cultures of the Americas. It features scholarship on topics both pre- and post-contact, from deep archaeology to contemporary politics and culture, as well as the implications of such work for law, education, environmental policy, and public memory.

Seminar image courtesy of Sgaas Sgwansing, Haida Nation.

Upcoming Events

Kat Whiteley, University of Michigan
The Indians of California versus the United States of America: “Lost” Treaties, Tribal Sovereignty and the Political Battle for Stolen Lands
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center
Wade Campbell, Harvard University
Chasing Sheep in Navajo Country: An Archaeological Investigation of the Arc of Diné Pastoralism
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center
Sarah Rivett, Princeton University
Talk Title TBA
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

Cosponsored with Eighteenth-Century Studies

Joan Kane, Radcliffe Institute
A Field Guide to Contemporary Indigenous Literature
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 6:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center
Brandon Hobson, New Mexico State University
Cherokee Myth and a Cherokee Novel: A Reading and Conversation
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 6:00pm
Barker Center, Room 133

Past Events 2019 - 20

Bobby Lee, Cambridge University
Tristan Ahtone, High Country News
Mapping Morrill: How Indian Country Funded America’s Land Grant Universities
Shane Miller, Mississippi State University
Getting from the Pleistocene to the Present in the American Southeast: What Is and What Still Could Be
Maria K. John, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Indigenous Health in Settler Colonial Societies: Histories of Neglect and Survival in the Twentieth Century

Past Events 2018 - 19

Daniel Carpenter, Harvard University
First Nations, First Wave Petitioners: The Native Petitioning Surge in North America, 1800-1850
Allan Downey, McMaster University
Indigenous Brooklyn: The Nexus of Ironworking, Urban History, and Haudenosaunee Nationhood
Robert Anderson, Harvard Law School
The United States Supreme Court and Indian Nations: What Do the Modern Cases Reveal About Key Issues in Indian Country?
Natalie Mueller, Cornell University
Growing Lost Crops: Experimental Insights into Plant Domestication by Indigenous Societies in Eastern North America
Philip Deloria, Harvard University
Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract
Joseph Gone, Harvard University
“The Thing Happened as He Wished”: Recovering an American Indian Cultural Psychology
Blythe George, Harvard University
Tribal Lands, Tribal Men, & Tribal Responsibilities: How Fathers with Criminal Records Find Work On and Off-Reservation
Manulani Aluli Meyer, University of Hawai'i, West Oahu
Indigenous Epistemology: Spirit Revealed