American Indians in the American Cultural Imagination
Published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Historian Professor Philip J. Deloria from the University of Michigan will be discussing American Indians in the American Cultural imagination in Melbourne on 17 March.
Americans are often willing to concede a debt to African American cultural traditions in music, dance, language, foodways.
Less visible have been the ways that the indigenous has been equally foundational to American culture.
From the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution to nineteenth century literary production; from proper childrearing to assertions of spiritual universality, Americans have observed, imagined, claimed, and performed “Indians” in order to explore a range of collective self-identities – even as they have dispossessed American Indian people of much of the North American continent.
Rather than disappearing – as was long predicted – American Indian people have engaged such ideological expectations, actively participating in the shaping of American modernity for well over a century.
Date: Thursday 17 March 2016
Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre, ACU Melbourne Campus - click here for the campus map. Lecture: 6:00pm - 7:30pm