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PRESENTATIONS/ SPONSORED LECTURES:

International:

“Indigenous Thinking and Organicism: Reconsidering the Philosophy of Rudolfo Kusch,” Sharing Cultures 2013 3rd International Conference on Intangible Heritage Aveiro, Portugal (July 2013).

Reading: Excerpt from The Zero Factor (a novel in progress), Exploring the Cultural and Literary Nationalism of Fourth World Literatures, a Global Seminar at Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India (December 2012).

Plenary Lecture (invited speaker with honorarium): “Orality and Soatsaki (Feather Woman): An Ethnographical Critic of James Welch’s Fools Crow,” Exploring the Cultural and Literary Nationalism of Fourth World Literatures, a Global Seminar at Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India (December 2012).

 ‘‘Will-of- the-Land: Reprising the Traditional Wilderness Ideal via Chaos Theory and Pikuni Mythology,” Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America, held at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (October 2012).

"Tcé Mantu and Theism: The Question of God in Innu (Montagnais-Naskapi) Traditions," International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Tenth Annual Meeting, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (June 2012).

Plenary Lecture (invited speaker with honorarium): “When N’api Dances Day: Myth, Orality and Process in Pikuni (Blackfeet) Trickster Narratives,” International Conference on Myth, Orality and Folklore in World Literature (with special reference to Rabindranath Tagore), School of Languages and Literature, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Jamma & Jashmir, India (March 2012).

“Inca Oralcy: Exploring Native Epistemology as Derived through the Indigenous Thinking Template of Rudolfo Kuch," International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Ninth Annual Meeting, University, Grenada, Spain (June 2011).

Plenary Lecture (invited speaker with honorarium): “Dismantling Pedagogy: Representing Native Oralcy in D’Arcy McNickle’s The Surrounded,” Understanding & Interrogating Fourth World Literatures, an Interdisciplinary International Conference at Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India (September 2009).

Plenary Lecture (invited speaker with honorarium): “Echoes of Pocahontas in Dramatic Allegory: The English Simulation of an Indian Princess,” Voice of the Voiceless: Articulating Women of the Fourth World Literatures, International Seminar, Andhra University, Visakhapapatnam, India (September, 2009).

“The Moral of Virginia: On Her Majesty’s Solemn Obligations to the Virginia Indian Nations,” at Forum for Religion: The Politics of Peace and Conflict, Oxford Round Table - Jesus College, Oxford, England, United Kingdom (July 2008).

Featured Speaker (including honorarium): “Oral Tradition and Native Literature,” Fulbright Lecture, Native Studies Program, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada (May 2006).

Featured Speaker: “An Anglo-American Taking Narrative: Pocahontas, John Smith and The New World,” Fulbright Lecture, School of Native Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (April 2006).

Invited speaker  (including honorarium): "'would it might rain now?': The Quail Rattle, A Walapi Fetish," The International Conference of the Creative Design Exchange of International Aboriginal Cultures, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taipei, Taiwan (December 2005).

“Death: The Pocahontas Story and the Decline of Tsenacomoco," International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, 3rd Annual Meeting, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom, (August 2005).

"Organicism and American Indian Mythology: Paradigms of Mythographical Discourse Analysis," International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, 2nd Annual Meeting, Monash University, Prato Campus, Tuscany, Italy, (July 2004).

"James Welch's Fools Crow and the Hero's Journey," Western American Literature Association, 30th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B. C., Canada  (October 1995).

Public Lecture (invited with honorarium): "Current Trends in Native American Studies," Universität Augsburg, Germany (June 1993).

Teachers Seminar (invited with honorarium): "Native American Mythology and Literature," The Native American after Columbus.  Sponsored by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States of America, Belgium and Luxembourg.  Luxembourg and Brussels (April 1993).

Public Lecture (invited with honorarium): "The Badger-Two Medicine: Blackfeet Sacred Geography," Association for Endangered Peoples -- Austria, Vienna (March 1993).

Public Lecture (invited with honorarium): "Native American Mythology in Contemporary Writing," Amerika Haus, Munich, Germany (March 1993).

Teachers Seminar (invited with honorarium): "Native American Mythology in Contemporary Writing."  Sponsored by the Munich Amerika Haus, Achatswies, Germany (March 1993).

Teachers Seminar (invited with honorarium): "Storytelling and Native American Mythology," The Contemporary Short Story," Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany (December 1992).

Invited speaker (with honorarium): "Archilde Transforms: A Critic of Intercultural Conflict in D'Arcy McNickle's The Surrounded," Centre des Recherches sur l'Amérique Anglophone, International Conference, Université de Bordeaux, France (Nov. 1992).

Student Teacher Seminar (invited speaker with honorarium): "Tribal Survival in the Contemporary Monacan Experience," Native American CulturesUniversität Frankfurt, Germany (November 1992).

Plenary Lecture (invited speaker with honorarium): "A Summary of the Columbian Impact upon Saponi-Monacan  Narratives," Colonialism and

North America, International Conference, Rijksuniversiteit  Groningen, The Netherlands (October 1992).

Featured speaker (with honorarium): "Traditional Peigan Mythology and the Old Man River," University Forum, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (April 1992).

"Dawn-Bringer and the Christ-Bearer: Columbian Impact upon Native American Narratives," Modern Language Association, San Francisco  (Dec. 1991).
 
"Native American Sacred Geography and Cultural Resource Management," Kunaitupii Conference - 1st joint meeting of the Alberta and Montana Archaeological Societies, Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada (May 1990).

"KITCHI MANITOU and Algonquian Metaphysics," American Academy of Religion, National Meeting, Anaheim, CA (November 1989).

Featured speaker (with honorarium): "The OLDMAN RIVER and the Sacred: A Meditation upon Peigan Religion and Environmental Ethics," University of Lethbridge, Alberta (May 1988).

"WILL-OF-THE-LAND: Wilderness Among Primal Indo-Europeans," The Third World Wilderness Congress, Inverness, Scotland (October 1983).
"Great Bear," poem, The Fifth International Wildlife Film Festival, University of Montana, Missoula (April 1982).

National:

Plenary Lecture (Invited speaker with honorarium) “Beyond Removal: Indian Survivance in the South and the Jim Crow Experience,” Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference held at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville (September 2011).

Plenary Lecture (Invited speaker with honorarium) “Native Holistic Empathy: Challenging the Dynamics of Race in America,” Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference held at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville (September 2011).

“’Love You Not Me?’ Pocahontas and the Masque in the Glade,” 2010 National Conferences of NAAAS and Affiliates – National Association of Native American Studies – Baton Rouge, LA (February 2010), 14pp.

“The Iconography of Pocahontas: From Savage Queen to Indian Princess,” 4th Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference: Tradition, Identity and Recognition, University of North Carolina at Pembroke (April 2007).

 “Mytho-poetics in Blackfeet Folklore and the Contemporary Folksongs of Jack Gladstone,” Common Ground on the Hill, McDaniel College, Westminister, MD (July 2007).

“Pocahontas, John Smith and Terrance Mallick’s The New World: A Synthetic Illusion,” The Virginia Humanities Conference, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA (March 2007).

“Pocahontas and the John Rolfe Marriage: Archeaology of a Judeo-Christian Tale-Type,” Ethnohistory Conference, Williamsburg, VA (November 2006).

"Academic Freedom, Ward Churchill and the Politics of American Indian Identity," Southern Sociological Society Conference, Charlotte, NC (April 2005).

 "The Adventures of John Lederer: Explorations vs. Oral Traditions," 1st Annual Southeast Indian Studies Concerence, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC (April 2005). 

"Braves or Brave Hawks at UNCP: A Philosophical Review of a 'Native' Mascot,"   Mid-Atlantic Diversity Conference, Virginia Tech, Roanoke, VA (March 2005).

Excerpt from The Bobtail Stories.  "Spring Cycles: Planting in the Signs,"  The Virginia Humanities Conference 2005, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA (March 2005).

"The Travels of Francis Louis Michel and the Ethnography of the Monacan Indian Nation," Southern Humanities Council Annual Conference, Longwood University, Richmond, VA (February 2005).

"God and the Native Metaphysic of Nature: Algonquians, Epicurus  and Environmental Egalitarianism," Radical Philosophy Conference, Howard University, Washington, DC (November 2004).

"Native, Aboriginal, Indigenous: Who Counts as Indians in Virginia?," Mid-Atlantic Diversity Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (March 2004).

"Myth, Metaphor, Meaning in 'The Boy Who Could Not Understand: A Study of Seneca Idom,'" Southern Humanities Council Annual Conference, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN (February 2004).

"An Odyssey among the Iroquois: A History of Tutelo Relations in New York," Research New York 2003 History Conference, University at Albany -- SUNY, Albany, NY (November 2003).

"Tonto Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Tradition, Syncretism and Culture Clash in Smoke Signals  and Sherman Alexi's Fist Fight in Heaven.Far West Popular Culture & Far West American Culture Associations, 13th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV (Feb. 2001).

"Saponi-Monacan  Stories and Storytellers from the Virginia Blue Ridge," VISIONS (AND RE-VISIONS): The Humanities Past, Present and Future, The Virginia Humanities Conference 2000, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA (Mar.-Apr. 2000).

"Pocahontas: An Anglo-Icon of Native American Marginalization," National Association of Native American Studies, Houston (Feb. 2000).
Also presented to Kirkland Brown Bag Series, Hamilton College (Nov. 2000).

"Alienation and Orientation in James Welch's Winter in the Blood, " Identity, Ethnicity, Origins: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures -- Tenth Annual Conference, Binghamton University, SUNY, Binghamton, NY (Mar. 1999).

[Panelist] Native American Sacred Geography: Ten Years after LyngLand, Air, Water Conference, School of Law, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (March 1998).

Invited lecture: "Perspectives on Native American Mythology," Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles (October 1996).
"From Bobtail to Brer Rabbit: Native American Influences upon Uncle Remus," Multi-Cultural Coalition: Issues Facing Native Americans, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles (March 1995).

Also presented to the Native American Forum -- Religious Studies Program, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY (July 1994).

[Panelist] "Teaching Native American Literature," roundtable discussion, Multi-Cultural Coalition: Issues Facing Native Americans, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles (March 1995).

"Native American Environmentalism and McNicklean Influences in Louis Owens' s Wolfsong," Western Literature Association, 29th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City (October 1994).

"'I Heard You Singing': Ishi and Anthropological Indifference in The Last of His Tribe," Far West Popular and American Culture Association, Annual Meeting, Las Vegas (February 1994).

"'Hounded into the Earth': Allegorical Exorcisms of the 'Christian Barbarians' Higher Civilization in D'Arcy McNickle's Short Fiction," Western Literature Association, 28th Annual Meeting, Wichita (October 1993).

"The Forest Speaks Through Dreams: Brian Moore's Black Robe  (novel and film) in Perspective," Far West Popular and American Culture Association, Annual Meeting, Las Vegas (February 1992).

"Wilderness in Medieval England's Royal Forests: A Common Law Foundation for Wilderness Preservation," American Society for Environmental History Conference, University of Houston, Houston (March 1991).

A Legend of Culture: D'Arcy McNickle's Runner in the Sun: A Story of Indian Maize,"Western Literature Association, 25th Annual Meeting, Denton, TX (October 1990).

Also presented to Faculty Forum, University of Washington-Tacoma (Nov.1990).

"Feather Boy's Promise: Sacred Geography and Environmental Ethics in D'Arcy McNickle's Wind from an Enemy Sky ," Western Literature Association, 24th Annual Meeting, Coeur d'Alene, ID (September 1989).
Also presented to Philosophy Forum, University of Montana (Nov.1990).

"Environmental Ethics and Native American Sacred Geography," American Society for Environmental History, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA (April1989).

"The Sweet Grass Hills: Sacred Ground," panelist, The Western Landscape: Sacred Geography, 16th Annual Montana History Conference, Helena, Mt (October 1989). 

"James Welch's Fools Crow :  An Ethnic Portrayal and Tribute to Pikuni Tradition,"Western Literature Association, 23rd Annual Meeting,Eugene, Oregon (October 1988).

"The BADGER-TWO MEDICINE: Sacred Geography of the Blackfeet," Spirit of Place Conference, University of California, Davis (September 1988).

"SACRED GEOGRAPHY and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act," 11th Annual American Indian Conference, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN (May 1988).

"The MEDICINE LINE: The Blackfeet and the Border," 11th Annual American Indian Conference, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN (May 1988).

"The MEDICINE GRIZZLY, the MEDICINE WOLF, and Others Like Them: Traditional Blackfeet Concepts of the Animals and Environmental Ethics," Western Social Science Conference, Denver (April 1988).

"ALGONQUIAN METAPHYSICS & KITCHI MANITOU: Ontological and Ethical Reflections Upon an Ultimate Animating Life Principle," 10th Annual American Indian Conference, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN (May 1987).

"The WILD & The TAME: Wilderness and Agriculture in Native America," ON COMMON GROUND: Agriculture & Wildlands Conference, University of Montana (Dec. 1985).

"Wild Mind, Primal Mind," Fourth Wilderness Psychology Group Conference, University of Montana, Missoula (August 1983).

Regional:

Presentation: “Life Cycling: Native American Traditions of Death and Dying” at the 8th Annual End of Life Conference sponsored by the Family Caregiver Support Program, Lumber River Council of Governments, Lumberton, NC (April 2010).  Powerpoint delivered twice in the course of the conference.

Panelist: Addressing Native American Contemporary Issues, University of North Carolina at Pembroke (November 2007).

Forum addressing “Lumbee Identity,” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (November 2007).

Peter Nabokov, Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places (New York: Viking, 2006), 350pp. American Indian Book Review Quarterly Forum (November 2007).

Mary Eggermont-Molenaar, editor, Montana 1911: A Professor and His Wife Among the Blackfeet (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005) 417pp.  American Indian Quarterly Book Review Forum (November, 2006).

Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee and Elders Cultural Advisory Council Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005), 198pp.  American Indian Quarterly Book Review Forum, (November 2006).

Helen C. Rountree, Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005), 292pp. American Indian Quarterly Book Review Forum, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC (November 2005).

Rodney Frey, in collaboration with The Schitsu'umsh, Landscape Travelled by Coyote and Crane: The World of the Schitsu'umsh (Coeur d'Alene Indians).  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003: 329pp.  American Indian Quarterly Book Review Forum, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC (September 2005).

Bruce Granville Miller, Invisible Indigenes: The Politics of Nonrecognition.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003: 248pp.  American Indian Quarterly Book Review Forum, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC (April 2005).

"Hugh A. Dempsey, The Vengeful Wife and Other Blackfoot Stories," (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003: 282pp.)  American Indian Quarterly Book Review Forum, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC (January 2005).

"Native-Aboriginal-Indigenous: Invidious Racial Discrimination and Non-Federal American Indians," Kirkland Brown Bag Series, Hamilton College (Apr. 2002).

"British Colonial Tribal Relations and Southern Indian Survival," American Indian Studies Conference, Mankato State University, Minnesota (October 1998).

[Panelists] "Native American Oral Traditions and Community" with Simon Ortiz and Filmer Lalio, ASU West, Phoenix (March 1995).
[Invited lecture] "Native American Ecological Perspectives," Tacoma Community College (Spring 1991).

 "Native American Sacred Geography and Public Land Law," 4th Annual Wild Rockies Rendezvous, University of Montana, Missoula (October 1989).

"Humanist Perspective on Lectures: Discussion of Elders Perspectives and Content of Information," address on theme -- "Following in the footsteps of our past through Education, Language and Culture,"Blackfeet Community College, 7th Annual Conference and Pow Wow, Browning, MT (May 1989).

"Native American Sacred Geography," Sacred Places: Native American Spirituality and the Exploitation of Sacred Places, sponsored by the Native American Spirituality Committee, Montana State University, Bozeman (Feb.1989).

"Why Dam the Old Man River? panelist, 3rd Annual Northern Rockies Rendezvous, University of Montana, Missoula (October 1988).

"Native American Sacred Geography and Environmental Ethics," 3rd Annual Northern Rockies Rendezvous, University of Montana, Missoula (Oct.1988).

"The MEDICINE WOLF Returns: Traditional Blackfeet Concepts of Canis Lupus," American Academy of Religion, Pacific Northwest Meeting, Spokane, WA (April1988).

"The Virtuous WARRIOR: A CELTIC Tradition," The WARRIOR: Formation, Transformation, and Reformation" Conference, Department of Religious Studies, University of Montana (April 1988).

"The Philosophical Significance of WILDERNESS SOLITUDE," Philosophy Forum, University of Montana, (January 1988).

"Traditional Blackfeet Religion and the Sacred Badger-Two Medicine Wildlands," American Academy of Religion, Northwest Regional Meeting, Tacoma, WA (April 1987); winner : William C. Shepard Memorial Award.
Also presented: Philosophy Forum, University of Montana, Missoula (March 1987).

Local:

Traditional Storytelling at First Annual Monacan Round Dance, Buena Vista, VA (April 2013).

Traditional Storytelling at Red Springs Book Club, Red Springs, NC, November 2009.

“Native American Warriors and the Airborne,” 189th Combat Sustainment Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC, November 2009.

“Ecological Perspectives from Southeast Native American Traditions,” Science Seminar, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, February 2009).

Traditional Storytelling with Jack Gladstone in Common Ground on the Hill, a week long workshop devoted to artists, musicians, and storytellers sponsored by McDaniel College , Westminister, MD.  July 2007.
 

"Native American Perspectives on the Environment" for Blue Earth County Environmental Day Camp (elementary school children), Mankato, MN (May and September 1998).

"Native American Religious Beliefs: Violations of Sacred Grounds in the Name of Progress," Early Bird Lions Club, Sun City, AZ (October 1994).

Chair/Discussant (at Conferences):

Session Chair: Session II, 9th Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC (April 2013).

Session Chair: Indigenous Literatures -- Exploring the Cultural and Literary Nationalism of Fourth World Literatures, a Global Seminar at Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India (December 2012).

Session Chair: Academic Session V -- International Conference on Myth, Orality and Folklore in World Literature (with special reference to Rabindranath Tagore), School of Languages and Literature, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Jamma & Jashmir, India (March 2012).

Moderator, American Indian Quarterly Book Review Forum, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC (January, February, March, April, September, October, November 2005; November 2006; November 2007).

Session Chair:  "The Poetics of Space and the Deconstruction of the Notion of Community,"     Identity, Ethnicity, Origins: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures -- Tenth Annual Conference, Binghamton University, SUNY, Binghamton, NY (Mar. 1999).

Session Chair: James Welch, Western Literature Association, 29th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City (Oct. 1994).

Session Chair: Images in Film, Far West Popular and American Culture Association, Annual Meeting , Las Vegas, NV (February 1994).

Session Chair: Silko's Ceremony, Western Literature Association, 28th Annual Meeting, Wichita, KS (Oct. 1993).

 Moderator: "The Western Landscape: Sacred Geography," 16th Annual Montana History Conference, Helena, MT (October 1989).
 

Moderator: "Native Americans and Wilderness," 30th Montana Wilderness AssociationConvention, Kalispell, MT (Dec. 1988).
 

Moderator: "The Battle for Native American Sacred Landscapes," 3rd Annual Northern Rockies Rendezvous, University of Montana, Missoula (Oct.1988).

Moderator, "The Crazy Mountains: Traditional Crow Sacred Geography," 29th Montana Wilderness Association Convention, Helena, MT (Dec. 1987).

 

Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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