Native American history through newspapers

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Dr Gyorgy Toth and Prof Brian Hosmer (Oklahoma State) explore the role of print in Native American history and activism. For decades, scholarship in Indigenous studies has grappled with using and interpreting newspapers, journals, and other forms of periodical written media. Questions of voice, authority, and purpose interweave with the instruments and articulations of colonialism. They also speak to misplaced and misleading binaries situating Indigenous peoples at odds with modernity, in this sense through modes of communication. This panel brings together scholars who examine the potential of newspapers, periodicals and related media for a diversity of interpretations of Native American History - not only as critiques of settler colonialism and its subversions in periodical cultures, but also as a step towards the decolonization of the field.

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