Third annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference April 12-13
By Amanda Hickey
The third annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference will be held April 12-13 at the Regional Center.
The purpose of the conference is “to provide a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast,” according to an announcement by Dr. Stan Knick of the Native American Resource Center.
Among topics to be discussed are Yuchi women of Oklahoma: tradition, innovation and identity, Idian diaspora from Southeast North Carolina in the 1800s, and the first mounted police: formation and duties of the Cherokee Lighthorsemen.
The Guy Benton Johnson Papers: Twentieth Century Research in the Lumbee Community, Identity and experience in American Indian Literature of the Southeast, and Misconceptions and invisibility: Pamunkey culture in the National Museum of the American Indian are also being discussed.
The discussions will consist of presentations and panels.
Dr. Charles Hudson, a professor emeritus of the University of Georgia, will be the keynote speaker for the conference.
Hudson is “widely known as one of the foremost scholars of Southeast Indian Studies,” according to the Knick.
Hudson has written books on the subject, including “Knights of Spain,” “Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South’s Ancient Chiefdoms,” “The forgotten centuries: Indians and Europeans in the American South,” and “Ethnology of the Southeastern Indians: A Sourcebook,” among others.
Hudson will be telling the audience about “Representing the Early Colonial Southeast in Historical Fiction.”
The sessions will be chaired by Dr. Mike Spivey, Dr. Jane Haladay, Dr. Rose Stremlau, Dr. Knick, Dr. Jesse Peters and Dr. Linda Oxendine.
The conference is hosted by the American Indian Studies Department and the Native American Resource Center.
For more information, go to www.uncp.edu/rc/.