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Cyd-Safiad (Standing Together): The Politics of Alliance of Welsh and American Indian Rights' Movements, 1960s-2000

SpeakerKate Williams, '12-'13 American Indian Studies Chancellor Post Doctoral Fellow
Date Dec 7, 2012
Time 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  
Location Native American House
Sponsor Student Cultural Programming Fee
Phone 217-265-0632
Event type Other
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Originating Calendar Native American House

Kate Williams was born and raised in Wales and is interested in the interactions between Welsh nationalists and American Indian activists in the late 20th century. Her dissertation is titled "Cyd-Safiad (Standing Together): The Politics of Alliance of Welsh and American Indian Rights' Movements, 1960s-2000" and it explores how the American Indian Movement and Welsh nationalists formed transnational political alliances with each other and related groups worldwide, from Australian Aborigines to Irish Republicans. Williams argues that these relationships were significant for providing mutual support and for shaping the visions and practical tactics of these groups, as well as inspiring them to continue their struggle. It's been a fascinating research journey for Williams, since most of the scholarship on AIM doesn't really explore their transnational networks. Those that do look at European supporters tend to dismiss them as being based on romanticized images of Indians eg. German hobbyists. Williams also argues that while this is the case with some supporters, others, especially those who were ethnic minorities, identified with AIM's narrative of fighting against a threat to land and identity from a colonizing power.

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