Native America

  • Atwood Lecture: “When the World Falls Apart: Nicholas Black Elk, Sainthood, and the Spirits of Mercy”

    Few Native American elders have achieved the global iconic status of Nicholas Black Elk. Black Elk was many things: a cousin of Crazy Horse, a leader in the Ghost Dance, the subject of the spiritual classic Black Elk Speaks, and now candidate for sainthood in the Catholic Church. The complete portrait of Black Elk’s vision is unexpected and striking: in the context of a collapsing world, the Indigenous Christ’s message … Read More

  • Native American History with Philip Deloria

    Air Dates: July 1-7, 2019 The British colonies in the New World, and later the United States, were built on land taken from native populations. Philip Deloria explores the interplay of Native Americans and the development of America’s national identity. Deloria is the first tenured professor of Native American history in the long history of Harvard University. His first book, Playing Indian (1998), explores the tradition of white Americans dressing … Read More

  • Gary Glassman on Story in the Public Square

    A New Look at Native America with Gary Glassman

    Air Dates: September 8-10, 2018 One of America’s persistent myths is that the first European migrants to the so-called “new world,” found a largely uninhabited continent. In a new documentary, Gary Glassman brings alive the thriving cities, social networks, art, and science of Native America. Gary Glassman is a producer and director whose documentaries aired on NOVA/PBS, The History Channel, the BBC, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel, among other … Read More