Native American Landscapes and Public Memory


Panel organizer: Sabine Klein, University of Maine at Farmington


The violent encounters between Native Americans and European colonizers continue to be memorialized throughout the Americas through statues, monuments, and historic markers. All too often, the material artifacts commemorating violence are focused on the European side of the conflict, eliminating Native American involvement in the conflict other than as enemy combatants. However, in the last few decades Native Americans have become increasingly vocal about reclaiming the sites through their own representations of the conflicts, be it through documentaries, rituals, or even alternative monuments. As a result, many of these sites have once again become locations of cultural contestations between the descendants of both groups. The papers of this panel will discuss how the colonial and early American past continues to be a subject for debate in many different places. By focusing on these renewed struggles for the meaning of colonial and early American violence, the panel seeks to demonstrate the difficulty of rewriting narratives of national origin in a way that is inclusive and considers the historical and current needs of all participating communities.

This panel seeks submissions that either investigate the ways in which Native Americans reclaim the landscapes of Colonial and Early America or that discuss how the current Euro-centric memorialization inhibits the reclaiming of the site by Native peoples.


Please send proposals to by Friday, September 7, 2012.