“Let the Indian Paint His Own Picture”: Alice Fletcher and Cultural Representation Paradoxes

Date: 

Nov 30, 2017, 6:00 pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Alice Fletcher with two Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) women at the Winnebago Agency, 1888.
Alice Fletcher with two Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) women at the Winnebago Agency, 1888.

Free Public Lecture

Facebook Livestream will be available

Robert Baron, Director, Folk Arts Program, New York State Council on the Arts

Pioneering Peabody anthropologist Alice Fletcher researched and advocated for Native Americans at a time of massive threats to their cultures. Her approaches to advocacy prefigured by a century the dialogic turn that brought about joint creation of cultural representations by anthropologists and the communities they study. She supported Native rights, but also promoted a now-discredited “civilization” agenda. Robert Baron will compare Fletcher’s approaches to those of contemporary public folklorists who equip communities to research and present their own traditions. His lecture will explore how scholars can best share authority with communities and facilitate cultural self-determination.

Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage. 
Related exhibition: See more about Alice Fletcher in All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology

Alice Fletcher with two Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) women at the Winnebago Agency, 1888. PM 2004.29.6041. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, copyright President and Fellows of Harvard College.