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 Lecture: Indian Resilience and Rebuilding in a Modern American Context 

Submitted by Eric W. Fraunholz on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 15:17

On January 31, 2014, ASL was honored to welcome Arizona State University‘s Distinguished Foundation Professor of History, Donald L. Fixico.

His lecture "Indian Resilience and Rebuilding in a Modern American Context" was an inspiring and thought-provoking talk that went beyond historical facts to explore greater epistemological dynamics of Native American history. The lecture was generously supported by the U.S.

Consulate General Leipzig. Robert R. Gatehouse, Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, and Prof. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Professor for Minority Studies at Leipzig University granted the welcoming words and highlighted Prof. Fixico‘s crucial role in the reconceptualization of indigenous history. In his 90 minute lecture, Fixico drew upon concepts of colonization, trauma, and his own concept of the 'medicine way' to come to terms with the historical reality of Native American rebuilding in the 20th century and to also exhibit and explain the inclusive qualities inherent in tribal and indigenous thought.

ASL students and faculty were given the opportunity to get a glimpse at a way of thinking that embraces contradictions and struggle as a means to adapt to ever-changing circumstances.

Prof. Fixico has published widely, and his publication list in addition to numerous book chapters and articles, includes a staggering number of 13 monographs. His most recent publications on issues related to the talk are Call for Change: The Medicine Way of American Indian History, Ethos, and Reality (2013) and Indian Resilience and Rebuilding: Indigenous Nations in the Modern American West (2013).

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