University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center

Native American Lecture Series 2015-16

Thank you for participating in the Native American Lecture series. Join us in the 2016-2017 academic year as we explore the history, culture and stories of Native North Americans. This series is in partnership with UCR California Center for Native Nations. We will post the new schedule in Fall 2016.

Cahuilla womanMar 7: Water is Medicine!

Water is essential to life. For the American Indians across the United States, water is used to help heal the people. For Southern California Indians water has been fundamental to their survival and existence becoming a part of who they are. Many water bodies are sacred. The Indians of Southern California have many stories that connect the people to the water and the land. Water continues to be used as a vibrant source of medicine by the original occupants of this land. Sean Milanovich is a PhD student at UC Riverside and studies American Indian History. His research focuses on Southern California Indian history. He works at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum as Associate Curator of Anthropology. Sean Milanovich is a member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

Feb 8: Sacred Spaces and Cultural Preservation: Native American Land Conservancy's Old Woman Mountain Preserve

Daisy O'Campo’s lecture focused on the establishment and cultural significance of the Old Woman Mountain Preserve in the heart of the Mojave Desert, a Native American preserve tied to trails, rock art, and the sacred space of a shaman's cave.

Jan 11: Resistance from the Reservation

"Resistance from the Reservation” explored the complex politics of the Mission Indian Federation, which was founded in Riverside in 1919, fighting against federal intrusions into Indian lives and encroachments upon tribal sovereignty. Lecturer T. Robert Przeklasa is a curator at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and is at work on a manuscript about conservative American Indian politics in 20th Century Southern California.

Oct 5: A Chemehuevi Song

Featuring Dr. Clifford Trafzer, UCR distinguished professor of history and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian History with remarks by UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox. During the 1860s, Chemehuevi from the Colorado River moved west to the Oasis of Mara —now Twentynine Palms—to preserve their tribal sovereignty. Long inhabited by Serrano Indians, the Oasis also became the home of Chemehuevi. The two tribes lived together peacefully until 1909, when a murder forced the Chemehuevi into the Coachella Valley. Trafzer's latest book looks at the history and culture of a remarkable people who refused to vanish. Read Trafzer's book: Chemehuevi Song: The Resilience of a Southern Paiute Tribe.




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