CSAW Hosts Renown Author to Discuss Native Histories

Oct. 29, 2019

CONTACT: AJ McCormick, 806-651-5283, csaw@wtamu.edu

WT CSAW Hosts Renowned Author to Discuss Native Histories

CANYON, Texas – The Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) will present Dr. Brenden Rensink’s lecture, “Disrupting Western, Indigenous, and Borderlands Histories.” The event will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 in the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Hazlewood Room. This event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

In his lecture, Rensink will draw from his award-winning book, “Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands,” to present stories of transnational Native histories that do not fit existing frameworks and understandings.

“Native but Foreign” is an empathetic comparison of Crees and Chippewas, who fled from Canada into Montana, with Yaquis, who fled from Mexico into Arizona at the turn of the twentieth century,” Dr. Tim Bowman, resident borderlands historian at WT, said.

Crossing the US-Canada and US-Mexico borders into the US, Native populations carved out lives that defied existing definitions of “Indian,” “immigrant,” or “refugee.” Rensink’s comparison of these histories highlights new ways to interrogate the past, search for untold stories and reconfigure familiar ones.

“Rensink's book shows how crossing national borders raised important questions about immigration and Native Americans belonging in the US for these allegedly foreign native groups,” said Bowman.

Rensink is associate director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and associate professor in the Department of History at Brigham Young University. His research interests include the North American West, Transnational Borderlands, Indigenous peoples, Comparative Genocide, Public History as well as Western Wilderness and the Environment.

About the CSAW  

The Center for the Study of the American West formed in the fall of 2016 with a mission of fostering the study of the American West at WT and building bridges between the University, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and the regional populace. CSAW seeks to promote the American West both as a culturally unique region and a product of broad historical forces. Through this endeavor, CSAW remains dedicated to cultivating a critical vision of region and place in a globalized era. For more information, contact: csaw@wtamu.edu or 806-651-5238.  



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