History as a Mangy Dog: Abolitionists, Indian Removal, and the Price of Denial
History as a Mangy Dog: Abolitionists, Indian Removal and the Price of Denial
Featuring Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche), National Museum of the American Indian curator
It’s More Than History Lecture Series
Friday, April 29 | 12-1 p.m. (EDT)
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Join us for a compelling talk by Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche), Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Mr. Smith has organized many exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Americans. He is the author of “Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong,” and with “Robert Warrior, Like a Hurricane: the Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee.” Smith is a citizen of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. He lives in Washington and watches way too much sports on television.
Mr. Smith will discuss the intersection of two powerful social movements of the 1830s and the unlikely alliance between Cherokee slaveowners and leading abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison. As the long-buried story of Native American enslavement of Africans has slowly come to light, this episode can help us understand why it was ignored for so long, and why it matters now.