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

Event Type
Other
Sponsor
Student Cultural Programming Fee
Location
Native American House
Date
Dec 7, 2012   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Speaker
Kate Williams, '12-'13 American Indian Studies Chancellor Post Doctoral Fellow
Cost
FREE
E-Mail
nah@illinois.edu
Phone
217-265-0632
Views
2157
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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