Native Lives – Past and Present – VA Festival of the Book

March 22, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
City Space
100 5th Street NE
VA 22902

Join Jeffery L. Hantman (Monacan Millennium), Susan Harness (Bitterroot), and Greg Smithers (Native Southerners) for a discussion concerning early American history, being born Native and raised outside of the community, and contemporary representation of Native American narratives. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“In this engaging, provocative, and highly readable book, Hantman forces the reader to question received wisdom about icons of American history and conveys the vivid history of a people and a place.”—Martin D. Gallivan, William and Mary, author of James River Chiefdoms

“What does it mean to be Native when you weren’t raised Native? What does it mean when the members of your birth family who remained on the reservation tell you that you were lucky to be raised elsewhere, but you don’t feel lucky? Harness brings us right into the middle of these questions and shows how emotionally fraught they can be. . . . It’s time everyone learned about the many ways there are of being Native.”—Carter Meland, Star Tribune

Native Southerners tries to rectify prejudices and limitations by focusing on the histories of Indian tribes in the South with an emphasis upon their own stories. Gregory D. Smithers’s use of oral histories is a highlight of his work, and he also covers the ongoing reality of climate change in the development of southern tribes. Many themes emerge, but one—the endless effort to maintain communal identity in the face of colonization, disease, and displacement—is most powerful.” —Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator from Virginia


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