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Save the Dates for these upcoming events in October and November! We hope you'll join us!


LIVE STREAMING of Professor Teresa L. McCarty's lecture at the Twelfth Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research!, October 22, 2015
2:45 PM – 4:30 PM
Moore Hall
Reading Room 3340

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center, American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program, and Department of Education invites you to join us for a LIVE STREAMING of Professor Teresa L. McCarty's lecture, "So That Any Child May Succeed -- Indigenous Pathways toward Justice and the Promise of Brown,” at the Twelfth Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research!


Sports and Indigeneity Panel

Sports and Indigeneity Panel
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
5:30–700 PM
DeNeve Dining Room

Please RSVP to Michelle Erai,!

A visit from Indigenous players from the National Rugby League and Professor Roannie Ng Shiu of Australian National University (in a partnership with the Pasifika outreach program).


Seri Tribal Representatives Visit UCLA from Sonora, Mexico

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Student Activities Center
Conference Rooms
11: 00 AM – 2:30 PM

Join us for an Indigenous/Pacific Cultural Exchange. Learn about a community under threat. Traditional Singing and Dancing; Food; Jewelry and Crafts FOR SALE – please bring cash!



Sundance Institute and UCLA American Indian Studies Center Present: Chasing the Light (2014), November 7
5:30 pm
The Autry in Griffith Park: Wells Fargo Theater
Space is limited; reservations highly recommended

A down-on-his-luck screenwriter struggles to finish a script as unstable friends, drug deals, and memories of his ex-girlfriend all threaten to interfere with his goal of completing the project. Recommended for adult audiences.

Following the screening, guests are invited to a catered reception with the film’s writer, Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo), in the Peggy and Lowry Mays Lobby. Learn more about the event at The Autry.

Make Your Reservations Today!

This film screening is part of the Autry's American Indian Arts Marketplace on November 7–8, 2015. Buy your tickets today.



From Trading Posts to Today: The Commodification of American Indian Arts

Sunday, November 8
1 PM–4 PM
UCLA Fowler Museum

This afternoon program pairs two speakers who discuss how diverse Native American artworks have circulated in commercialized systems. Kathy M’Closkey, author of Swept Under the Rug: A Hidden History of Navajo Weaving (2008), chronicles the historical background evidenced by trading post archives, while Jim Enote of the Zuni Nation exposes the development of "pseudo-ceremonial" Zuni works of art. The program concludes with a screening of Weaving Worlds, a documentary film that highlights the untold stories of artists and dealers involved in the making and selling of Diné (Navajo) rugs. The film presents a compelling portrait of the economic and cultural struggles that Diné (Navajo) weavers face in a time of increased globalization. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Event link:

Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and the Ethnic Arts Council.


"No Explanation, No Resolution, and No Answer:" Bordertown and Navajo Resistance to Settler Colonialism

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Denetdale, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico

Monday, November 9, 2015
3:00 – 5:00 pm
2125 Rolfe Hall



Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception honor of the 2015-2016 IAC Visiting Scholars,
Graduate & Predoctoral Fellows, and Research Grant Awardees
Monday, November 9, 2015
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, California Room
This is a Free event!


Julia Gosart, Ph.D.
IAC Visiting Scholar, American Indian Studies Center
Why Indigenous Politics Matter

Robb Hernandez, Ph.D.
IAC Visiting Researcher, Chicano Studies Research Center
Finding AIDS: Archival Body/Archival Space and the Chicano Avant-garde

Isabela Seong Leong Quintana, Ph.D.
IAC Visiting Scholar, Asian American Studies Center
Urban Borderlands: Neighborhood and Nation in Chinese and Mexican Los Angeles, 1870s-1930s
Click here to RSVP



The Hunts of Acoma: Tracking a Pueblo Indian Family across the Centuries

Part of the Fowler OutSpoken Talk
Presented by Professor Peter Nabokov, Department of World Arts & Cultures

Wednesday, November 18
6 pm
UCLA Fowler Museum

Based on two decades of research, anthropologist-writer Peter Nabokov chronicles the adventures of Edward Hunt, a child born into poverty in Acoma Pueblo in 1861, as he became a hunter, farmer and initiate in Katsina, shamans, and sacred clown secret societies. Through two world wars, economic upheavals, dramatic reversals in federal Indian policy, and painful estrangement from their home community, Hunt and his family epitomized what scholar Phillip Deloria has termed the remarkable lives of “Indians in Unexpected Places.” As Nabokov narrates their journey, stereotypes and preconceptions fall away so we can learn the personal consequences as one conservative, pre-modern village produced this progressive post-modern family. Following the lecture, Nabokov signs his two new complementary books How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family and The Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo which will be available for purchase.

Click here to read a public statement provided by the Pueblo of Acoma regarding Peter Nabokov and "the Origin Myth of the Acoma Pueblo."



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