More Than Pocahontas, Less Than Matoaka: Native American Women in 19th Century American Theatre

Thu 4/22 • 3:30PM - 5PM PDT

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Drawing on Indigenous feminist critique Dr. Bethany Hughes performs dramaturgical and textual analyses to articulate the construction of women through redface. By attending to claims of historical accuracy, gendered social expectations, and the sexualization of Indigenous women that circulate in these texts, Dr. Hughes argues that only when we forward Indian women in our discussion of redface can we clearly see the social and political project of racializing performance practices.

Dr. Bethany Hughes (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is an Assistant Professor of American Culture and Native American Studies at the University of Michigan.

Organized by Dr. Tria Blu Wakpa and co-sponsored by UCLA's American Indian Studies Center, Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance

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