Representations of Native Americans
with Scott Manning Stevens
Offered in partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian
Friday, October 25, 2019

The teaching of Native American topics in U.S. public schools does not, on average, extend beyond the fourth grade. Museums thus carry a heavy burden as institutions charged with deepening our understanding of Native American history. This master class examines how the relationship between museums and Native Americans has evolved over the past three decades to include Native American perspectives and expertise and provide the public with a more accurate understanding of Native American cultures.

Scott Manning Stevens is a citizen of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation and the director of the Native American Indigenous Studies Program at Syracuse University, where he teaches English and art history. He holds a Harvard Ph.D. in English and has published several articles on Native American literature and visual culture. Recent publications include an essay on Haudenosaunee cultural artifacts and literary representation, and another on Haudenosaunee internationalism. He is coauthor of Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North and The Art of the American West and a contributor to Why You Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians and the Oxford Handbook of American Indian History.

 


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Photos by Pat Swain.

 

“Professor Stevens’ seminar was powerful. His focus on the concepts of decolonization as it relates to museum representation of indigenous culture forced me to think deeply about the choices I make as an educator.” – Aron Arvai, Millennium Brooklyn High School

 

Assigned readings:

Lonetree, Amy. Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums, xi–28, 168–75. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

 

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