Visible Language Series Lecture
Adopting and Adapting Writing in Native Nations of the Northeast
Early Native American writers are often portrayed as defying the colonial world and struggling to exist within it. In striking counterpoint, Lisa Brooks demonstrates the ways in which Native leaders adopted writing as a tool to reclaim rights and land in the northeastern United States.
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology presents the illustrated talk, "Adopting and Adapting Writing in Native Nations of the Northeast" on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Harvard's Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St.). It is part of the Peabody Museum's year-long Visible Language lecture series. A public reception will follow at the Peabody Museum.
Reframing the historical landscape of the region, Brooks constructs a provocative new picture of Native space before and after colonization. By recovering and reexamining Algonquian and Iroquoian texts, she shows that writing was not a foreign technology. Instead, it was a crucial weapon in the Native Americans' arsenal as they resisted colonial domination and continue to oppose it today.
Lisa Brooks is an Assistant Professor of History and Literature and of Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University.