Hiawatha Goes West: Re-imagining Native America
Jepson Hall, 118
The Department of English welcomes Scott Stevens from Syracuse University.
This lecture examines how Hiawatha, an Iroquois culture hero, has been transposed and translated westward along with the American Frontier from the time of Longfellow’s 1855 poem to Frederic Remington’s 1890 illustrations, and then again in the silent film era, beginning in 1908 with Joseph Dixon’s version filmed on the Crow Reservation. Stevens will examine the ever-shifting context of Native American stereotypes during the 19th and early 20th centuries and ask how these stereotypes operate today in Native communities across the US and abroad.
This event is free and open to the public.
Contact: Emily Tarchokov