Themester 2017: Negotiating Homelands and Sovereignty in Indiana Territory
Friday, October 6, 2017, 4 p.m., Mathers Museum of World Cultures Classroom
George Ironstrack - Assistant Director of the Myaamia Center, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Stephen Warren - Professor of History, University of Iowa
Marcus Winchester - Director of Language and Culture, Pokagan Band of the Potawatomi
Holly Cusack-McVeigh - Professor of Anthropology & Museum Studies, IUPUI
Heather Williams - Program Assistant for IU First Nations Educational & Cultural Center
As part of the Indiana University 2017 Themester, “Diversity • Difference • Otherness,” the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology will host a public panel discussion exploring the intersections between difference, place, Indigenous identities, and tribal sovereignty in Indiana, past and present. “Negotiating Homelands and Sovereignty in Indiana Territory” will bring together tribal scholars, historians, and anthropologists to discuss different perspectives on how “otherness” and sovereign identities of tribes for whom Indiana Territory is considered homeland have been constructed, negotiated, and deconstructed in the wake of colonial expansion. Expert panelists will address the central question, “How have Native Americans continued to be considered “outsiders” in their ancestral tribal homelands?” Following panel presentations, there will be a moderated discussion, time for questions from the audience, and a reception with refreshments.
Mapping Indiana Territory: Exploring Indigenous and Western Representations
Friday, October 6, 2017, 5:30 p.m., Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology
As part of the Indiana University 2017 Themester, “Diversity • Difference • Otherness,” the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology is proud to open two new exhibits featuring historic 19th century maps of Indiana and the greater Ohio River Valley. The GBL’s James H. Kellar Library contains the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Ethnohistory (GLOVE) Collection, an assemblage of documents collected for the Indian Claims Commission, including 19th century maps depicting Native American and EuroAmerican settlement in the midcontinent. An interactive online exhibit titled “Historic Maps of the Indians of Indiana” will showcase the newly digitized maps and illustrate changes in the boundaries, labels, and the ways in which the Native American occupations of the regions were depicted throughout the 19th century. A second museum exhibit in the lobby of the GBL entitled, “Mapping Indiana Territory: Exploring Indigenous and Western Representations” is a collaboration with Native historians, scholars, and descendants of Native American peoples that once lived in Indiana. The exhibit will juxtapose images of examples of EuroAmerican made maps and images of Indigenous representations of the Indiana and Ohio Valley landscapes and problematize favoring western world views and ways of knowing.