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May 2, 2008

CW's inaugural American Indian Lecture Series begins May 16

Colonial Williamsburg will present its inaugural American Indian Lecture Series with two lectures in May and June.

Daryl Baldwin, a citizen of the Miami tribe of Oklahoma and director of the Myaamia Project at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, will discuss “Miami Awakening: Linguistic and Cultural Revitalization of the Miami People” 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Myaamia Project is a joint venture between the Miami tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University. Its mission is to preserve, promote and research Miami nation history, culture and language.

Baldwin’s forefathers were active in the affairs of the Miami nation dating back to the 18th century and he continues this dedication through his work in language and cultural revitalization. Over the last 12 years he has worked with the Miami people developing culture and language based educational materials and programs. Baldwin’s most recent scholarly contributions include collaborative efforts between linguists and archaeologists in the Old Norwest Territory, the publication of the Miami-Peoria Dictionary and a video documentary on native language reclamation.

Stephanie Pratt will explore visual portrayals of the American Indian within the evolution of the 18th- and 19th-century British empire and the relationships that empire held with the native peoples of her colonies during the lecture “American Indians in British Art 1700–1840” 7 p.m. Friday, June 6 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

Pratt is a member of the Crow Creek Dakota Sioux tribe. She resides of the United Kingdom, where she is a reader in art history at the University of Plymouth. She was a co-curator for the 2007 exhibition “Between Worlds: Voyagers to Britain, 1700–1860” held at the National Portrait Gallery in London and is the author of “American Indians in British Art 1700–1840.” Pratt’s recent research has focused on distinguished/remarkable visitors to London from the 17th to 19th centuries who came from Africa, North America, the Pacific and the Indian subcontinent to the center of Britain’s growing empire.

Both lectures are free. Reservations can be made at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet.

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