Cultural Scholar Series
Building greater understanding of Native American and Hispanic cultures is the aim of a new visiting scholar series at Heritage this spring. Somos Indios, We are Indian: Bridging Indigenous Identities will give students and the local community insight into the similarities of traditional Hispanic and Native American Cultures.
The series kicks off in March with a visit by Dr. Chad Hamill, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Northern Arizona University. A descendant of the Spokane tribe, Dr. Hamill is a vocalist and musician who performs and lectures throughout the United States. He specializes in classical music from northern India and in Native American music.
The following month features Dr. Kathryn Shanley, special assistant to the provost for Native American and indigenous education at the University of Montana. She will lead a discussion of ideas on contemporary issues facing Hispanic and Native American people. Dr. Shanley is an enrolled member of the Ft. Peck Assiniboine (Nakoda) Tribe and holds a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Native American literature. She works with academics worldwide on issues relating to indigenous peoples, including for the Sami Studies Center at the University of Tromso, Norway, and on Maori Studies at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. The seminars are made possible through a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities.