Join Samuel Pratt, site supervisor of the Woodland Indian Hamlet at Historic St. Mary’s City, and Nate Salzman, village manager at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, as they discuss the finer points of how to construct a Native American home, sometimes with nothing more than their wits and the supplies gathered from local environments. This free lecture will also highlight how learning through doing has provided new insights into the culture of the Piscataway and Yaocomaco peoples.
Where Does Race Come From?
Anthropology Distinguished Scholar, Professor Jonathan Marks (UNCC) addresses the historical context of the development of the concept of race, in the 17th and early 18th centuries. While we now know what the basic patterns of human variation are, it is interesting in hindsight to ask how science came to think incorrectly that there exists a few basic kinds of people, each associated with a continent. Marks discusses the biblical association between place, inhabitants, and mythic ancestors; and examines the role played by mapmakers in graphically re-conceptualizing that association in the 1600s.
This public lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.
In this lecture based on her book, “A Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte,” Alexandra Deutsch, director of collections and interpretation at the Maryland Historical Society, analyzes Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s personal belongings and letters to create a material culture biography of the woman whose seductive beauty and tragic marriage have long been documented. This heavily illustrated lecture also includes aspects of the Bonaparte story previously overlooked and revealed by the study of objects in the vast Bonaparte family collections.
This lecture will chronicle these stays and inform the audience on the future of the Slave Dwelling Project.
Slave residences are important spaces in American history and have been interpreted in numerous ways by historic parks and museums. These sites serve as important reminders of the daily lives of enslaved individuals and as such can serve as points of reflection and commemoration. At the same time, these are often sites of neglect and the general public is often unaware of their existence. Since 2010, Joseph McGill has spent nights in extant slave dwellings in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The purpose of the sleepovers is to bring much needed attention to these often neglected dwellings in order to encourage preservation and interpretation of these sites. As part of this talk, McGill will reflect upon these experiences in relation to preservation and commemoration efforts related to slavery and its legacy in the United States
Museum Studies Week 2017
Public Discourse and the African American Experience
Brome Howard Slave Quarter Tour
The Brome Plantation Quarter is the last survivor of a row of dwellings for the enslaved African American community at St. Mary’s City. They were built in the 1840s for a group that grew to 59 persons by the Civil War. The tour will review the research findings about this community and how life changed for them after emancipation. Both archaeology and documentary research has informed this project, which encompassed the doctoral dissertation of Terry Brock of Michigan State University. The exhibit will present three time period in the African American experience at St. Mary’s City. One is the period of slavery, in the 1840s and 1850s, the next considers the consequences of emancipation in the 1880s, and the final phase is about the last family to dwell in the structure, that of Solomon Milburn, from 1930 until 1965. The nature of the surviving architecture, history, and the exhibit plans will be presented during this tour.
Meet at the Brome Howard Inn
If you require transport, please contact Liza Gijanto at email@example.com by Sept. 13th
September 14, 2017 (Thursday)
4:45 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center, SMCM Campus
Open to the public, free of charge
The history of Southern Maryland is the history of newcomers. Today, St. Mary’s County is home to over 600 new immigrants who represent a number of different nationalities. Where did they come from? How well have they integrated in Southern Maryland communities?
Dr. Julia A. King, SMCM Professor of Anthropology, will take us to the past with her presentation Immigration and the Founding of Maryland. Dr. Judith Freidenberg, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, will focus on more recent immigration with her talk Contemporary Conversations on Immigration in the United States: The View from Prince George’s County, Maryland.
This program was made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment of the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Maryland Humanities.
EVICTED: What Happens in St. Mary’s County
Class & Community Discussion
Dennis Nicholson (Housing Authority of St. Mary’s County)
Kerry Miciotto (St. Mary’s County Dept. of Social Services)
Lanny Lancaster (Three Oaks Center)
Sara Martin (WARM Program)
Abstract: Three years ago, cavers discovered what would turn out to be the newly described species Homo naledi. The Rising Star Expedition team included senior scientists, early career researchers and students along with a dedicated group of volunteers. In a field where discoveries are closely guarded, the open access ethos of Rising Star represents a radical shift toward a more inclusive space. Becca, one of the six primary excavators on the original expedition, will discuss the fossils, the excitement Homo naledi has generated, the ways Homo naledi is changing how we think about human evolution and the value of exploration.
Bio: Becca Peixotto is a PhD candidate and adjunct instructor in the Department of Anthropology at American University. Her dissertation focuses on historical archaeology and resistance landscapes of the Great Dismal Swamp. Her areas of specialization and interest are historic landscapes, material culture, ideas of wilderness, and public engagement with the past. She embraces scientific methods such as pXRF, remote sensing and GIS in order to address theoretical, social and historical questions. Becca is involved in several projects outside of the Dismal Swamp including the National Geographic/Wits University Rising Star Expedition which excavated the fossils of Homo naledi and the Maryland Historic Trust/Archaeology Society of Maryland Biggs Ford (18FR14) project investigating Middle and Late Woodland villages. Becca also actively supports open access and efforts to encourage women and girls in science.
American archaeologist Jeremy Sabloff believes that “archaeology matters,” but many people see it as esoteric and a societal luxury. To change that view, British archaeologist Victor Buchli recently advised that archaeology must do more to “earn its keep” by using archaeology’s powerful tools to study today’s social problems.
Ongoing archaeological studies of homelessness in Indianapolis and York (UK) demonstrate that archaeology can advise local social service agencies and individuals who provide aid to roofless people. Homeless people have willingly involved themselves by providing information about their lives and the “stuff” they need, use, and dispose of in their camps, and many have been directly engaged in fieldwork. Both projects are challenging commonly held notions about homelessness, influencing social policy, and by the very act of doing archaeology and engaging homeless people, providing a source of pride-in-self and wellness. In her comments in Historical Archaeology, noted heritage specialist Helaine Silverman recently called the homelessness research “a milestone in archaeology”.
About Dr. Larry Zimmerman
Dr. Larry Zimmerman is Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Public Scholar of Native American Representation at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. After teaching for 22 years at the University of South Dakota, he left there as Distinguished Regents Professor in 1996. After serving as Chair of the American Indian and Native Studies Program at the University of Iowa, he became Head of the Archaeology Department for the Minnesota Historical Society in 2002, but went back to academia in 2004 as IUPUI’s first Public Scholar of Civic Engagement.
He is a past Vice President of the World Archaeological Congress, which at its 2008 6th Congress in Dublin awarded him its inaugural Peter J. Ucko Medal for his contributions to world archaeology. He has served as a consultant for numerous American Indian nations and organizations and has published more than 25 professional and popular books and nearly 300 articles on Native Americans, North American Archaeology, and cultural heritage issues.
His current research uses archaeological methods to study contemporary homeless campsites in Indianapolis. The project has received international attention, has been featured in Archaeology magazine, and has been called a “milestone in archaeology.”
Prof Aimee Meredith Cox (Fordham University)
Background: Over the period of roughly a decade, I conducted ethnographic research in a homeless shelter for young women in Detroit, Michigan. Initially, this research investigation was envisioned as one that would center primarily on the shelter as a social institution and the creative and strategic ways young Black women navigated this one of many institutions that marked their daily routines in post-industrial Detroit. After a few months, it became exceedingly clear to me that in order to write a fully embodied, fleshy, and aesthetically honest account of these young women’s experiences, I would have to see their interactions in the shelter as just one component of their lived worlds that included time spent in multiple family homes across the city; in part-time service sector jobs; and moving through the actual streets of the city. In all of these social and geographic locations, these young women often acted as the central figures of peacemakers and caregivers despite their homelessness. This longitudinal, multi-local sited ethnography raises several questions beyond the insider/outsider conundrum or overly determined assumptions about objectivity and immersion given the fact that I am a Black woman conducting research on and with Black women and girls.
What I would like us to now consider are the physical, visceral, and effective processes of writing for and about communities that explicitly recognize you as “one of their own.” Including but expanding on notions of cultural understanding or vernacular (spoken and performed) alignment, I am interested in how we might identify the aesthetic stakes in producing research that is not only honest or accurate but also reflects, in the actual structure of the text and spirit of the writing, the embodied and sensory realities of the community and the researcher. I would like to begin to define ethnographic writing that is an act of bodily reclamation and creative ownership specifically within the colonial context of the academy and the social sciences, as well as the U.S. nation state more broadly. How might we think of ethnography, particularly for Black anthropologists, as a coming home that is intentionally distinct from the privileges of and inevitable blindness within auto ethnography?