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Free Online Lecture via Zoom: Hopi Runners: Crossing the Terrain between Indian and American with Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, PhD

Free Online Lecture via Zoom:

Dr. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert about his book

Hopi Runners: Crossing the Terrain between Indian and American

Published in 2018 by the University of Kansas Press

Winner of the 2019 David J. Weber-William P. Clements Prize

Saturday, September 12, 2020, 11:00 am

 In the summer of 1912 Hopi runner Louis Tewanima won silver in the 10,000-meter race at the Stockholm Olympics. In that same year, Tewanima and another champion Hopi runner, Philip Zeyouma, were soundly defeated by two Hopi elders in a race hosted by members of the tribe. Long before Hopis won trophy cups or received acclaim in American newspapers, Hopi clan runners competed against each other on and below their mesas—and when they won footraces, they received rain. Hopi Runners provides a window into this venerable tradition at a time of great consequence for Hopi culture. The book places Hopi long-distance runners within the larger context of American sport and identity from the early 1880s to the 1930s, a time when Hopis competed simultaneously for their tribal communities, Indian schools, city athletic clubs, the nation, and themselves.

Dr. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is Professor and Head of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. He is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Upper Munqapi. Centering his research and teaching on Native American history and the history of the American West, he examines the history of American Indian education, the Indian boarding school experience, and American Indians and sport.

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Sep 12 2020


11:00 am - 12:00 pm



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