American Indians in the American Cultural Imagination | National Humanities Center

Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

American Indians in the American Cultural Imagination

Indigenous Americans; American History; American Westward Expansion; Cultural History

Philip Deloria (Professor of History, Harvard University)

March 31, 2020

Why are Americans so smitten by dreamcatchers, sports mascots, Cherokee great-grandmothers, and other imagined and longed-for Indians? Native peoples have long held a critical and evocative spot in American culture, materializing in literature, art, theater, film, music, games, folklore and other locations where American meaning-making has taken place. In this webinar, Philip Deloria will offer a brief survey of this history, placing it in the context of concepts such as survivance and settler colonialism, which help to understand the role of Native peoples in contesting and shaping American culture.


History / Indigenous Americans / American History / American Westward Expansion / Cultural History /