Focus of talk
will be Catawba women and their roles in the 16th-19th
CONWAY, Ark. (September 21, 2023) — Hendrix
College welcomes Dr. Brooke Bauer to talk about a section of her award-winning book
Becoming Catawba: Catawba Indian Women and Nation-building, 1540-1840 on
October 9, 2023, Indigenous Peoples Day. The event begins at 7 p.m. in lecture
hall B of the Mills Center for Social Sciences, Building 10 on the current campus map.
Bauer is an assistant professor of history
at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a citizen of the Catawba Nation.
As an Early American historian, much of her work has focused on the history of
Southeastern Native Americans, specifically women, and how colonialism has
“I weave family history, cultural
context, and ethnohistorical methodologies together to generate an internal
perspective on Catawba’s past and present in the South,” Bauer says. “My work
gives a voice to a small group of American Indian women who created change
within their world to ensure the survival of their people.”
Her book, which won the Anne B. and
James B. McMillan Prize in Southern History, centers Catawba women as producers
and cultural conveyors of manufacturing pottery, the most visible marker of
Catawba identity to Others. She highlights their crucial role among the Catawba
people as women, mothers, providers, and protectors, and explains the identity
they have created for themself and how it has contributed to building a nation.
For more information regarding Dr.
Bauer’s studies and work, visit https://history.utk.edu/people/brooke-bauer.
“Dr. Bauer’s innovative and deeply researched work addresses key themes
of Indigenous women’s agency, colonialism, and material culture in Early
America,” said Dr. Stacey Schwartzkopf, a professor of anthropology and chair
of Hendrix College’s interdisciplinary minors program. “Her talk will be a wonderful opportunity to learn
more about this history of cultural survival and creativity.”
Bauer comes to campus thanks to funding
from the Margaret Berry Hutton Odyssey Professorship, which Schwartzkopf
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