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Native American Actors as Activists: Understanding Indian Entertainment Networks in the 20th Century

Wednesday May 5, 2021
6:30 PM until 7:30 PM


Flyer for Native American Actors as Activists: Understanding Indian Entertainment Networks in the 20th CenturyStorrs Library invites you to a virtual presentation with Professor Kiara M. Vigil exploring how popular representations of the West and Native Americans have evolved over time and the role Indian people themselves played in these shifts. We'll examine these cultural representations alongside the histories of Native actors and the dichotomy of their lives as workers and activists. This presentation is based on Vigil's research for her new book Natives in Transit: Indian Entertainment, Urban Life, and Activism.

Kiara M. Vigil (Dakota/Apache heritage) is currently an associate professor of American Studies at Amherst College. She is a Council Member for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, and was named the Jan Cohn Fellow and Lecturer in American Studies for 2020 by Trinity College. Kiara’s PhD is in American Culture from the University of Michigan. She holds a master’s degrees from Columbia University’s Teachers’ College and Dartmouth College, as well as a B.A. in History from Tufts University. Her research and teaching interests are grounded in Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Kiara is the author of Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the American Imagination, 1890-1930 (2015). Her articles and essays have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and books, one of which, “Who was Henry Standing Bear? Remembering Lakota Activism from the Early Twentieth Century,” won the Frederick C. Luebke Award for Outstanding Regional Scholarship from the Great Plains Quarterly. Kiara is currently collaborating on a project about the new PBS show “Molly of Denali” in a study about how Native Americans have been represented in children’s television programs. She is also collaborating with Dakota language teachers on a new project to make 19th century Dakota-language texts more widely available.

This program is cosponsored by Storrs Library, Longmeadow Historical Society, Longmeadow Adult Center as part of our "Hidden Voices of History" series. This program is made possible through CARES Act funding to Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

We will be using Zoom for this presentation. You will need a computer, smartphone, iPad, or similar device that has a camera and audio ability.

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