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Ancestors Speaking: Objects and Cultural Sovereignty in Native America

March 5, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ancestors Speaking

Gabrielle Tayac

Associate Professor of Public History, George Mason University Former Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian with opening remarks by

Dr. Darnell Hunt Dean, UCLA Division of Social Sciences

Professor of Sociology and African American Studies

 

About the lecture: A family of baskets. A library in a shell. A vow breathing through stone. For diverse indigenous communities across the Americas, material objects connect to a wider web of cultural relationships. These pieces are part of peoples’ lives, with essences that may be considered kin through time and space. They merge humans together with each other, spirit, and the seen natural world over generations.  Colonialism purposefully and relentlessly unleashed actions to repress and even eradicate indigenous peoples for centuries – along with their beloved objects. Late 20th  century policies shifted to open conditions for Native communities to innovate culture in multiple ways, including reconnections to ancestral material culture. In this lecture, Dr. Gabrielle Tayac will share learnings that she’s experienced across the continent with knowledge keepers who know how to amplify their ancestors speaking.

Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation, is an activist scholar committed to empowering Indigenous perspectives. Gabi earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University, and her B.S. in Social Work and American Indian Studies from Cornell University. Her scholarly research focuses on hemispheric American Indian identity, multiracialism, indigenous religions, and social movements, maintaining a regional specialization in the Chesapeake Bay. Gabi served on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s staff for 18 years as the museum’s first education director and then as a historian and curator. She engages deeply in community relationships and public discourse with audiences from kindergarten classes to the (Obama) White House. She recently returned from a two year journey to uplift the voices of indigenous elder women leaders and help them preserve their treasured cultural legacies, sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Gabi is now an Associate Professor of Public History at George Mason University.

 

 

 

 

 

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Date:
March 5
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:

Details

Date:
March 5
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:
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