Race, Identity, and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Kelly Fayard, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bowdoin College, and Anne Ray Resident Scholar, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, first noted in published records in the 1940s by anthropologist Frank Speck, is located in Alabama, a place where many incorrectly assume that no Native people remain. Yet, the Poarch community has been and remains a vibrant hub of cultural activity that now includes thriving tribal businesses. This talk will explore Poarch Creek identity in the context of Southern race relations. What happens to a group that contradicts the black-white binary in Southern racial relations? How does educational desegregation affect all-Indian schools like the Poarch Creek Consolidated Indian School? How does racial discrimination in the Jim Crow South affect the way in which community bonds are formed and maintained presently?
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