Ideas and Methods for Teaching Global Indigenous Histories

AHA Session 95
World History Association 5
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Nassau East (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Molly E. Nebiolo, Northeastern University
Matthew J. Bowser, Northeastern University
Katie J. Hickerson, University of Chicago
Matthew Kruer, University of Chicago
Alexandra L. Montgomery, University of Pennsylvania

Session Abstract

Indigenous history has become an increasingly discussed, studied, and taught part of United States history, but how can native voices be integrated better into other areas of global history? How can it provide a new, more heterogeneous history of colonialism? Is indigenous history necessary to teach in a class on colonial or imperial history? Often these are questions that are brought up among historians of the same region or time period, but rarely are they discussed across subjects of history. Voices from below are largely left silent in high school and some undergraduate curriculums, and many conferences have not made the space to share methods for fixing this problem. This roundtable is a space to have these discussions. As scholars at various stages of their academic careers, the panelists will share ideas and methods for how indigenous histories are, and should be, taught at the regional and world historical level. With research interests spanning from early colonial American and Canadian history, to more contemporary African and Burmese histories, they will speak about their own experiences bringing indigenous voices into their teaching, but a large part of the roundtable discussion will be open to asking questions and having a conversation about the pedagogy for teaching this aspect of history.
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