Virtual Lecture - "Arise Nannsonan: Restoring the Indigenous Feminine"
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7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
"Arise Nannsonan: Restoring the Indigenous Feminine" On April 5, 1707, seven Chaptico Indians applied for justice on behalf of their chief. That chief was a woman, recorded briefly in the Maryland Archives as Queen Nannsonan. She sought the return of items stolen from her daughter's tomb. Piscataway women at that time were on the brink of losing their traditional political, social, and economic powers to a hegemonic colonial system. Centuries later, Native women raise re-connections to these feminine traditions, roles, and the safeguarding of Mother Earth herself. Like indigenous women across the country, they are calling for "Rematriation."
Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation, is an activist-scholar committed to empowering Indigenous perspectives. Gabi earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University and her B.S. in Social Work and American Indian Studies from Cornell University. Her scholarly research focuses on hemispheric American Indian identity, multiracialism, indigenous religions, and social movements, maintaining a regional specialization in the Chesapeake Bay. Gabi served on NMAI's staff for 18 years as an educator, historian, and curator. She engages deeply in community relationships and public discourse. She just returned from a two-year journey to uplift the voices of indigenous elder women leaders, sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Gabi has now settled back into the local landscape as a Principle Investigator at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
This lecture is part of Historic St. Mary's City "year of the woman" lecture series, honoring the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Originally scheduled for spring.
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