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Highlights

  • Native Peoples of Chesapeake: Indigeneity, Racism, and Reclamation

    Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation, and staff at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, speaks about the survivance of Native peoples in the Chesapeake region. Three major chiefdoms---the Nanticoke, the Piscataway, and the Powhatan---endured colonization, disease, warfare, diaspora, and evangelization, in addition to racist patterns of erasure. Maintaining their ancestral core of kinship and identity, Chesapeake peoples reorganized in the 19th and 20th centuries, continuing to reclaim their identities and practices in relevant ways to a global era. Dr. Tayac's curatorial credits include the inaugural show, "Our Lives: Contemporary Native American Life and Identity," "Return to a Native Place: Algonquian Peoples of the Chesapeake," and "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas."

  • Spring 2016 NAIS Courses

    Spring courses in Caribbean History, Ethnohistory, Performing Culture, Digital Humanities, and more!

  • Cultural Reclamation in California

    Many Native American communities have launched revitalization programs in an effort to restore their cultural practices and language. Brian Daniela and James Sarmento discuss efforts in Native cultural recovery among the Butte Valley Indian Community in northern California, and the local impacts of this community heritage initiative.