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First Peoples: Spring Conferences and Events
April 14th, 2010 - Posted by Natasha Varner

First Peoples is in the midst of a busy spring, with several events and conferences to attend in the coming months. Today we’re heading out to the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Reno, Nevada. We’re looking forward to the many Native American and Indigenous studies sessions as well as screenings of the films The Chief’s Prophecy and Canoe Way. Here’s a quick look at some of the other events and conferences we have lined up this spring:

This month author Malinda Maynor Lowery returns to her Lumbee homeland in Robeson County, North Carolina to discuss her book Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (University of North Carolina Press 2010) at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. Tribal leaders and other interested members of the community will have a place and time to formally hear from Dr. Maynor Lowery about her work, continuing the discussions of race, history, and identity examined in her research. For a complete list of Dr. Maynor Lowery’s upcoming appearances and talks, see the events page on her blog.

In May, Jeffrey P. Shepherd will return to the Hualapai Nation, near Arizona’s Grand Canyon, to share his book We Are an Indian Nation: A History of the Hualapai People (University of Arizona Press 2010). Dr. Shepherd’s research for the book spanned nearly ten years, as he worked with tribal elders, tribal government officials, and other members of the Hualapai tribe. Dr. Shepherd’s trip to Peach Springs, Arizona at the end of May will provide a formal opportunity to share this work with the tribe. Please check our website’s calendar in May for more event details.

In addition to sponsoring these author events, we will also be attending several conferences in the coming months:

Western Social Science Association
The annual meeting of the Western Social Science Association brings together scholars from a broad range of fields relevant to Indigenous studies with specials sections for American Indian studies, anthropology, women’s studies, criminal justice, and many other subfields of the social sciences.

A Celebration of Latin America, Mexico, and the Borderlands: A Symposium in Honor of Susan Deeds’ Retirement
Susan Deeds’ contributions to the study of Mexican history and the history of the U.S.-Mexico border region have been monumental. In honor of her upcoming retirement, Jennifer Denetdale and other colleagues at Northern Arizona University have organized A Celebration of Latin America, Mexico, and the Borderlands. Bringing together some of the preeminent scholars working in the border region, the one-day symposium will have a strong focus on Indigenous history and cultural persistence in the region.

International Society of Ethnobiology
This international conference is held once every two years and brings together scholars, practitioners, and activists from all over the world. “Supporting and promoting the critical efforts of Indigenous peoples, traditional societies, and local communities in the conservation of biological, cultural and linguistic diversity has been the priority since the ISE’s inception in 1988. The broad themes of the 2010 Congress – language, community-conserved areas and food sovereignty – have been selected for their global significance as well as their importance for local community members and the Indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.”

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
At the end of May, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) meeting will congregate in Tucson for its annual meeting. First Peoples will be exhibiting at the meeting, organizing a roundtable discussion on publishing, and hosting a dissertation revisions workshop with William Germano. This is a big conference for us so look for more posts on the meeting and our activities surrounding it in the coming months.

First Peoples partner presses will also be traveling to and exhibiting at several Native American and Indigenous studies-related conferences this spring: OSU and UMN Press will be at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting, UA Press will be at the Society for American Archaeology, and editors from OSU Press and UA Press will be attending the Society of Ethnobiology and the International Society of Ethnobiology conferences.  All four of our partner presses will be at the NAISA meeting in Tucson in May.

If you’re headed to any of these meetings, please come by our booths or seek us out to say hello. Safe travels to everyone else on the road this spring!


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