November 17th, 2015- Kelly Fayard, Director, Native American Cultural Center at Yale University

Kelly Fayard, Director, Native American Cultural Center at Yale University

Location: 10 Sachem, Room 105

Time: 12:00- 1:00pm

Title: “Kinship, Race, and Identity: Belonging among the Poarch Band of Creek Indians”

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, first noted in published records in the 1940s by anthropologist Frank Speck, is located in Alabama, a place where many incorrectly assume that no Native people remain. Yet, the Poarch community has been and remains a vibrant hub of cultural activity that now includes thriving tribal businesses. This talk will explore Poarch Creek identity in the context of Southern race relations. What happens to a group that contradicts the black-white binary in Southern racial relations? How does educational desegregation affect all-Indian schools like the Poarch Creek Consolidated Indian School? How does racial discrimination in the Jim Crow South affect the way in which community bonds are formed and maintained presently?

Kelly Fayard is an enrolled member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. She got her BA in cultural anthropology and religion from Duke University, and a Ph.D. In anthropology and certificate in museum studies from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on race, kinship, blood quantum, and belonging in the Poarch Band, as well as Native representations in popular media. She was an assistant professor at Bowdoin College in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 2011-2015 and took her sabbatical year at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. She began her position as Assistant Dean of Yale College and Director of the Native American Cultural Center in July 2015.


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