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Native American Lecture Series 1: For God and Home and Native Land: The Haudenosaunee and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

  • Time:

    7:00 p.m.
  • Date:

    Thursday, September 26, 2013
  • Location:

    Shults Center

Onondaga leader Eliza Pierce, first president of the Hiawatha Women’s Christian Temperance Union

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With the complex issues of cultural identity and assimilation never far from the headlines, the Friends of Ganondagan focuses this fall’s Native American Lecture Series on “Adoption and Adaptation,” held at the Shults Center. Two types of adoption will be discussed: adopting “in” of non-Natives (a traditional practice focused on preserving Native family and community), or of Native people adopted into other Nations; and adopting “out” of Native Americans into non-Native families, which results in many Native people struggling to reconnect with their heritage. Also covered will be the subject of adaptation by Native people to changing circumstances that has provided a path to survival into the present day. A discussion of non-Natives adopting Native practices will be included as well.

The first lecture on Thursday, September 26 is "For God and Home and Native Land: The Haudenosaunee and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union." Dr. Thomas Lappas, associate professor of history at Nazareth is the guest speaker. This will be an intriguing exploration into the stories of two Onondaga women instrumental in forming branches of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in Native communities during the early 20th century.

The next two lectures take place on October 24 and November 21. The 2013 Lecture Series is a collaboration between the Friends of Ganondagan and Nazareth's Department of History and Center for Service-Learning. The first lecture is co-sponsored by the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse with support from the New York State Council on the Humanities.


Event Info

Ticket Information:
Individual lecture prices are $15; $10/Friends of Ganondagan members; $5/non-Nazareth students with ID. Free for Nazareth faculty, staff, and students. The three-lecture series can be purchased for $25. Tickets will be available at the event beginning at 6:30 pm.
Sponsored By:
Friends of Ganondagan, 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, and Nazareth Department of History and Center for Service Learning.
Contact Information:
Jeanette Miller, 585-742-1690
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