Talk Explores Complexity of American Indians in Popular Culture
Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the EMU Ballroom, Philip Deloria, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will examine the curious and painful dynamics surrounding Indian visibility in popular culture—and will discuss Metamora, Last of the Mohicans, Hiawatha, Cher, dreamcatchers, motorcycles, sports teams, George Catlin, Buffalo Bill, Avatar, and the Lone Ranger, among others—paired with Indian invisibility in most social, economic, and political discussion. In this talk, entitled “American Indians in the American Popular Imagination,” Deloria will combine the arguments of his books Playing Indian and Indians in Unexpected Places to advance the case for Indian people’s deep engagements with modernity over the last 120 years.
Deloria has served as president of the American Studies Association, as a council member of the Organization of American Historians, and as a trustee of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. He is also the coeditor of A Companion to American Indian History and C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions: Dreams, Visions, Nature, and the Primitive.
The talk is sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Alpha of Oregon. The UO Libraries is a cosponsor.