Cultural and Ancestral Geographies: A Symposium with Streams

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Join us as we host a free, one-day virtual symposium on Cultural and Ancestral Geographies from the ancestral lands of the Osage Nation. The symposium convenes scholars, educators, cultural workers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, and Cultural Resource Managers for conversations on maps and mapmaking.

While maps can function to support imperial expansion, settler colonialism, and Indigenous dispossession, maps and mapping technologies can also protect ancestral knowledge, resist colonialism, and defend Indigenous sovereignty. This virtual symposium takes Gilcrease Museum’s collection of maps from across the Americas as a jumping-off point. Over the long term, it aims to foster collaborative relationships across many areas of practice.

Dr. Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca, UCLA) and respondent
Professor Norman Akers (Osage Nation, University of Kansas) will give a keynote address. Roundtable discussions will present highlights from ongoing conversations on the history of maps and mapmaking, Indigenous cartographies, and the present-day stakes of mapmaking for Indigenous communities. These topics have been explored more fully in professional field or “stream” workshops occurring from January through May 2022. Stream leaders are
Dr. Star Yellowfish (Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians), Matt Reed (Pawnee Nation), and Dr. Deondre Smiles (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Settler, and Black).


8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. William Smith, Associate Director of the Helmerich Center for American Research
Land Acknowledgment

9:00-10:10 a.m. Keynote Conversation:
Dr. Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca, UCLA), respondent: Norman Akers (Osage Nation, KU)

10:15-11:25 a.m. Session 1: Academic Researchers Stream Roundtable
Leader: Dr. Deondre Smiles, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Victoria (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Black, and Settler)
Discussants from Researcher Stream Workshops

11:30-12:40 p.m. Session 2: THPO Stream Roundtable
Leader: Matt Reed, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (Pawnee Nation)
Discussants from THPO Stream Workshops

12:40 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45-2:55 p.m. Session 3: K-12 Educators Stream Roundtable
Leader: Dr. Star Yellowfish, Director of Native American Student Services OKCPS (United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees)
Discussants from Education Stream Workshop

3:00-3:45 p.m. Session 4: Convergence & Future Directions, Q&A Session
Matt Reed, Dr. Star Yellowfish, and Dr. Deondre Smiles