American Indian Studies

2017-18 Native American Speakers Series

The series features nationally recognized American Indian scholars and artists who will delve into diverse topics and issues including Lumbee history, Native cuisine, health and wellness and Southeastern Native art.

Admission to the series is free and open to the public.

Dr. Carter MelandDr. Carter Meland
September 25, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Museum of the Southeast American Indian

A tall, left-handed man of White Earth Anishinaabe heritage, a father of two and spouse of one, Carter Meland was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, teaches in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and writes in—and sometimes about—Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Meland received his Ph.D. in American Studies with a thesis that examined the role of trickster figures in the works of contemporary Native novelists, and since then he has gone on to publish articles, stories, and poems in journals and books like Studies in American Indian Literatures, Yellow Medicine Review, Seeing Red: Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins, and Sudden Storm: A Wendigo Reader. He has taught in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus since the fall of 1999.

Through reflection and engagement with the values and spirits embedded in Anishinaabe teachings, his fiction and essays explore questions about what it means to have Anishinaabe heritage, as well as examining the lives and perspectives of other-than-human beings like Misaabe (a/k/a Sasquatch) and the cannibalistic wiindigoo. In his work, Meland wonders what the world would look like if the ethical and ecological values found in the teachings of Indigenous peoples were moved to the center of our discussions of what we want our society to become, but he also knows that this ideal is not worth a good gosh darn if it’s not set within a compelling narrative. From beginning to end, he strives to tell good, emotionally resonant stories. His recently published novel, Stories for a Lost Child, explores these themes and ideas through a moving coming-of-age story about a teenaged girl seeking to understand what it means to be Anishinaabe.

This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies, the Museum of the Southeast American Indian, the Southeast American Indian Studies Program and the Office of Academic Affairs. Dr. Meland's books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, email ais@uncp.edu, or call 910.521.6266.

Heather McMillan NakaiHeather L. McMillan Nakai
October 25, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Museum of the Southeast American Indian

Heather L. McMillan Nakai is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.  Heather received her A.B. from Dartmouth College in History and Native American Studies and J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles with a concentration in Indian law and corporate law.  Heather is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and is currently a Staff Attorney at the National Indian Gaming Commission where she serves as the counsel for the Oklahoma City Region.  In her personal capacity, Heather is engaged in litigation against the United States seeking enforcement of individual Indian rights as her individual effort to correct unjust treatment of Lumbee people. 

This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies, the Museum of the Southeast American Indian, the Southeast American Indian Studies Program and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, email ais@uncp.edu, or call 910.521.6266.

 

 

 

 

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