Global Indigenous History

AHA Session 111
Friday, January 6, 2017: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Mile High Ballroom 2B (Colorado Convention Center, Ballroom Level)
David Chang, University of Minnesota
Indrani Chatterjee, University of Texas at Austin
Rethinking Ethnohistory in Global Indigenous Histories
Seth W. Garfield, University of Texas at Austin
Indigenous Self-Determination
K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Arizona State University
Ciraj Rassool, University of the Western Cape
Jim Williams, University of Otago

Session Abstract

The intent of this roundtable panel is to initiate a conversation between scholars working in different geographic areas on their approach to what many scholars term "Indigenous history." This panel will attempt to identify the kinds of questions that will help us better understand Indigenous history. In what ways do notions of the Indigenous (and other terms, such as Native and Aboriginal) and of sovereignty differ according to geography and historical circumstances? What type of questions can emerge from taking a comprehensive, global approach to Indigenous history? To what extent does the fact that Indigenous people have contributed to global exploration and settlement as travelers, laborers, and explorers affect the way we think about Indigenous history and the category of Indigenous? How have fields like ethnohistory, museum studies, and oral history influenced the study of Indigenous peoples world-wide.
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