Cherokee Historian and member of Old Salem’s Cherokee Advisory Committee
Cherokee, North Carolina, Cherokee Nation
Dr. Julie Gough
Installation, sound, and video artist
Curator of Indigenous Cultures
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
In the United States the upcoming 400th anniversary of the “first” Thanksgiving is a time to consider the indigenous cultures whose lives were dramatically affected by colonization here and throughout the world. In the United States, efforts to erase indigenous cultures continued in government-run schools well into the 20th century. Elsewhere, first peoples were were driven to near-extinction while their material culture was appropriated into anthropological collections.
A basket made by a now-unknown woman ancestor and placed in a museum collection by a colonial British official. A brush pushed across a rough floor as punishment for speaking your native language. These things provide a window into the struggle between colonizers and the colonized. Join Dr. Julie Gough and Watson Harlan for a conversation about Things and the attempted erasure and resilience of indigenous cultures in the Southern Woodland, now the American South, and Tasmania.