Free Online Lecture: Comanches and Germans on the Texas Frontier with Daniel J. Gelo, PhD and Christopher J. Wickham, PhD

Amerind Free Online Lecture

Comanches and Germans on the Texas Frontier with Daniel J. Gelo, PhD and Christopher J. Wickham, PhD

Saturday, November 20, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Relations between the Comanches and German immigrants to Texas are most frequently discussed with reference to the Comanche Treaty (Meusebach Treaty) of 1847. However, a long-neglected document of even greater significance for our understanding of the Comanches and Germans in Texas appeared just four years later. In his 1851 article “Über die Verwandtschaft der Schoschonen, Komantschen und Apatschen“, Heinrich Berghaus published not only the first Comanche-German dictionary, but also a set of detailed, original cultural notes and observations, and an original map of Comanche hunting and grazing grounds.

This information represents a goldmine of information for anthropologists and students of Comanche and Plains Indian culture. Berghaus obtained his information from German immigrant Emil Kriewitz, who lived in the village of Penateka Comanche headman Santa Anna following the 1847 treaty. The circumstances of Kriewitz’s residency throw light on the nature of the interactions between the settlers and the Native tribes.

This presentation examines in depth the contexts contributing to the 1851 article, the nature of the article’s content, and value of the document for subsequent scholarship.

Daniel J. Gelo is Dean and Professor of Anthropology Emeritus and former Stumberg Distinguished University Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Gelo holds Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., and B.A. degrees in anthropology from Rutgers University. His publications include: Comanche Vocabulary (University of Texas Press, 1995), Comanches in the New West, 1896-1908 (with Stanley Noyes, University of Texas Press, 1999), Texas Indian Trails (with Wayne L. Pate, Republic of Texas Press, 2003), Comanches and Germans on the Texas Frontier: The Ethnology of Heinrich Berghaus (with Christopher J. Wickham, Texas A&M University Press, 2018), and Indians of the Great Plains (Second Edition, Routledge, 2019). He has won the UTSA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Presidio La Bahia Award for best book on early Texas history.

Christopher J. Wickham is Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned his B.A.(Hons) and M.Phil. at the University of Reading (UK) and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught at the Universität Regensburg, Germany, Allegheny College, PA, and the University of Illinois at Chicago before moving to UTSA in 1991. He taught at the German Summer School at Middlebury College for seven years and directed the “UTSA in Munich” study abroad program for many years. He retired from teaching in 2017. His research focuses on German regionalism, Bavarian dialect, cinema, poetry, singer-songwriters, travel writing, Texas Germans, and German painters. He authored a monograph on the dialect of Diendorf, Bavaria, (1987) and books on the notion of Heimat (1999) and Comanches and Germans in Texas (2018, with Daniel J. Gelo). He edited books on German cinema and television (1992, with Bruce A. Murray) and German literature and culture (1991, with Karl-Heinz Schoeps). His recent articles include: “Postwar Tales of Two Cities: Rubble Films from Berlin and Munich” (2014); “Mid-Century Cultural Tectonics: Unpacking the Ying Tong Song Core Sample” in “Journal of European Popular Culture” (2021); “Remembering Exile: Jews in the American Dystopia in Axel Corti’s Santa Fé (1985)” in Nancy Membrez (ed.), “War and Remembrance: An Anthology of Critical Essays” (2021); and a translation of Heinrich von Kleist’s “Über die allmähliche Verfertigung der Gedanken beim Reden“ („On how we gradually make up our thoughts while we are talking,” 2019). His annotated bibliography of Adelbert von Chamisso’s tale “Peter Schlemihl” will be published in 2021. He is currently working with Daniel J. Gelo on a historical anthropological analysis of three mid-19th century sketches by German immigrant to Texas, Wilhelm Friedrich, and a study of 19th century Texas botanist and publicist Ferdinand Lindheimer.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit: https://bit.ly/AmerindOnline112021

Free Online Lecture – The Origin of Our Extinction: The 1851 Yellow Fever Epidemic and the Hia Ced O’odham with David Martinez, PhD

David Martinez, PhD

The Origin of Our Extinction: The 1851 Yellow Fever Epidemic and the Hia Ced O’odham with David Martinez, PhD

Amerind Free Online Lecture

The Origin of Our Extinction: The 1851 Yellow Fever Epidemic and the Hia Ced O’odham with David Martinez, PhD

Saturday, January 29, 2022, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

What became of the people that Spanish explorers called “Areneños” or “Sand people”? After the United States appropriated the New Mexico Territory–first by treaty (1846), then by purchase (1854)–references to the people known for their “sand food” and their “tinajas” disappeared from the historical record. Supposedly, the Sand people, who call themselves Hia-Ced O’odham, succumbed to a yellow fever epidemic in 1851. Supposedly, which means to assume or believe, but not necessarily know for sure. Which begs the question, what do the Hia-Ced O’odham have to say about this? What David Martínez (Akimel O’odham/Hia Ced O’odham) will present is his research on the “extinction” and revitalization of the Hia-Ced O’odham, which is a part of a book he is writing titled The Resilient History of the Hia Ced O’odham: O’odham Sovereignty During the American Era, 1850-2015.

David Martinez, PhD (Akimel O’odham/Hia Ced O’odham/Mexican) is an associate professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University and the author of Dakota Philosopher: Charles Eastman and American Indian Thought (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2009), editor of The American Indian Intellectual Tradition: An Anthology of Writings from 1772 to 1972 (Cornell University Press, 2011), and author of Life of the Indigenous Mind: Vine Deloria Jr and the Birth of the Red Power Movement (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). His publications appear in, among other venues, the American Indian Quarterly, the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Studies in American Indian Literatures, and Journal of the Southwest. His areas of concentration are American Indian intellectual and political history, contemporary American Indian art and aesthetics, and O’odham culture and history.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit: https://bit.ly/AmerindOnline012922

Free Online Lecture via Zoom: From “Chief” to Code Talker: Four Profiles of the Navajo Code Talkers with Laura Tohe, PhD

Free Online Lecture via Zoom:

From “Chief” to Code Talker: Four Profiles of the Navajo Code Talkers with Laura Tohe, PhD

Saturday, August 1, 2020, 11:00 am, Arizona time

During WWII a group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines without knowing that they would be called on to develop a secret code against the Japanese military. This select group of Code Talkers devised a Navajo language code that was accurate, quick, never broken, and saved many American lives. This talk profiles four Code Talkers who reflect on their lives growing up on the Navajo Nation homeland, their military service as Code Talkers, and the personal and spiritual costs of war that many struggled with after the war.

Laura Tohe is Diné.  She is Sleepy Rock clan born for the Bitter Water clan.  She is the daughter of a Navajo Code Talker.  She holds a Ph.D. in Indigenous American Literature. She is Professor Emerita with Distinction in Indigenous Literature at Arizona State University and is the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate.

This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

*Please note a recording will not be available of this lecture, be sure to catch the program live on Zoom.