Indigenous, African cultures InDivisible in the Americas

From the day that 300 Africans landed with Cortes, African-Americans and indigenous peoples mingled their heritage, lineages and cultures across the North American continent.
California is an example of how that mixing endured from Spanish to Mexican to American eras. Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 descibes the blended peoples who established the missions and populated the Golden State’s greatest cities.
The California African-American Museum hosts a panel Missions and Manumission on Sunday, May 15 when I’ll join three other scholars in a discussion related to the Smithsonian travelling exhibition IndiVisible. Panelists are:
Jonathan Berliner, Ph.D. –Teaches in the Department of English at Claremont Graduate University. His teaching fields include: African American Writing from the Civil War to World War I,
Native American Literature and The Literatures of
America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives.
Richard L. Carrico–A principal in the firm Recuerdos Research and a lecturer in the Department of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University and at Mesa Community College.
Area of emphasis is Spanish colonial period and ethnic
interaction.
Kendra Taira Field, Ph.D.–Kendra Taira Field is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California Riverside, where she specializes in 19th century U.S., African American, and Native American history. Professor Field abridged David Levering Lewis’ single-volume biography of W.E.B. Du Bois and is
currently completing a book on African American
migration from the Deep South to Indian Territory after
the Civil War.
John William Templeton–Editor of blackmoney.com and author of “African-Americans in the West” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of
African-American History; Our Roots Run Deep: the Black
Experience in California, Vols. 1-4
From the Smithsonian comes an important and enlightening exhibition about the intersection of American Indian and African American people and cultures. IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas explores historical and contemporary stories of peoples and communities whose shared
histories are woven into the fabric of American identity, but whose presence has long been invisible to many in the U.S. The exhibition sheds light on the dynamics of race, community, culture and creativity, and addresses the human desire to
belong. With compelling text and powerful graphics, the exhibition includes accounts of cultural integration and diffusion as well as the struggle to define and preserve identity. IndiVisible was developed by the National Museum of the American Indian with the National Museum of African American
History and Culture, and organized for travel by the
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
From Juan Garrido to Yanga to James Beckwourth, we’ll discuss how those cultures are intertwined in Western history.

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