Reconciling Perspectives: Anthropology, History and the Native Community – Sunday, June 24, 2012

Reconciling Perspectives: Anthropology, History and the Native Community – Sunday, June 24, 2012
1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California

Reservations are now closed for this event. To learn of Wait List options, please call the Rancho at (562) 431-3541.

I don’t see Cal State Long Beach, Rancho Los Alamitos (maybe a little), I see Povuu’ngna.
–Cindi Alvitre, Gabrielino-Tongva

According to one Native American story, when the world was created, the precious meaning of its being was given to the rocks, the trees, and water since no human could be fully trusted to retain or tell the truth of the place and its people. Yet for 25 years, “News from Native California” published by Heyday, has devoted itself to the story of the indigenous people of the state. On this occasion we honor the publication with a gathering of notables fromthe academic and museum communities, publishing, and the native Tongva community, who reconcile cultural and professional perspectives in the effort to tell the story of native people and Povuu’ngna as well as the rocks, the trees, and water.

Speakers: Peter Nabokov and Steven Hackel

Peter Nabokov, professor of American Indian studies and world arts and cultures at UCLA, is a nationally acclaimed anthropologist and writer who has walked in the ways of the people he writes about. He is the author of innumerable published articles and reports and nine books that combine exceptional scholarship with popular appeal, including the highly praised works A Forest in Time: American Indian Ways of History; Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations fromProphecy to the Present, 1442–1992; Native American Architecture; and Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior. His most recent book, Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places (2006) considers the enduring connection of sacred places across this land in view of contemporary times.

Nabokov earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, Bay Area Book Reviewers, and the American Library Association, among many honors. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008–09 and was a Stewart Fellow in anthropology and visiting professor in humanities at Princeton University. Prior to his tenure at UCLA, Nabokov served on the anthropology faculty at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Steven W. Hackel, Associate Professor History at the University of California, Riverside, is general editor of the Huntington’s Early California Population Project which, for the first time, gives the public access to all the information contained in California’s historic mission registers. These irreplaceable records are essential to the study of California, the American Southwest, and colonial America for native and newcomer alike since the baptism, marriage, and burial records offer new information and an extraordinary view of the Indians, soldiers, and settlers of Alta California from 1769–1850. The author of Children of Coyote, Missionaries of Saint Francis: Indian-Spanish Relations in Colonial California, 1769, and editor of Alta California: Peoples in Motion, Identities in Formation, 1769-1850, Steven Hackel’s groundbreaking research and work reveals how a historian’s perspective both unearths the past as well as affects the present.

Additional Panelists:
• Malcolm Margolin, Publisher of Heyday and “News from Native California,” Berkeley, CA
• Wendy Teeter, Curator of Archaeology,The Fowler Museum, UCLA
• Cindi Alvitre, Gabrielino-Tongva
• Desirée Martinez, Gabrielino-Tongva
• Kim Walters, Interim Director of the Southwest Museum