American Indian Workshop

AIW 2023

44th American Indian Workshop

June 28 - 30, 2023

ANCESTRAL SHADOWS: Ethnocultural encounters carried in body and mind

OMBRES ANCESTRALES: Rencontres ethnoculturelles portées par le corps et l'esprit

Department of American Studies, School of English and American Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest/Hungary


Dr. Éva Eszter Szabó (ELTE University, Dept. of American Studies)

Dr. habil Judit Kádár (University of Pannonia/Hungarian Sports University)

Dr. Gyorgy Toth (University of Stirling)

Attila Takács (Hungarian Network for Canadian Studies)

Eszter Csorba (ELTE doctoral student)



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Session Plan [PDF]

28 June 2023
10.00 - 12.30
Optional sightseeing: the Pest Side (Parliament, St Stephen's Basilica, Danube Riverside) meet at 9.50 on Deak Sq. Metro

Venue: D50 Center and Hotel (50 Damjanih utca)

10.00 - 11.30 University Information Networking for students
Moderator: Dr. György Tóth (Museum of Ethnography)
11.30 - 13.30
AIW Committee Meeting and business lunch
13.00 -
Registration opens
14.00 - 14.30
14.30 - 15.30

Keynote presentation: The Talking Dead

Deborah Madsen: ANCESTRAL SHADOWS: Ethnocultural Encounters Carried in Body and Mind

15.30 - 15.45
Break, refreshments
15.45 - 17.15
Session 1: Crossing Physical, Ethnocultural and Emotional Borders
Chair: Szabó, Éva Eszter)

R. Orr-Y. Orr: Flexibility, Change, and Legitimacy in American Indian Ethnohistory.

M. Terrollion: Presque tous se sont retirés sur leurs nattes”: understanding the political agendas of the Native allies in Northern New France in the Eighteenth Century.

M. Vassanyi: Louis Jolliet and the Labrador Inuit: A Case of Contact without Conflict.

E. Banka: In the Shadow of the Wall: Confronting the Settler-Colonial Violence at the Texas-Mexico Border in Margo Tamez's Father ׀ Genocide.

Session 2: Fine Arts for Indigeneity
(Chairs: Lindner, Markus & Allison, Marla)

M. Roza: Epistemic (In)justice in Carl Beam’s “Columbus Suite” and “The North American Iceberg.

B. Palkowitz: From the Mountains to the “Plain”: A Linguistic Reconsideration of Coast Salish “Plain” Woven Mountain Goat Textiles.

D. Stevens: Connected to the Earth: Indigenous Murals as sites of Visual Sovereignty.

I. Nagy: A Cheyenne Warrior Emerging from the Ancestral Shadow Reconstruction of the Personal Narrative of a Cheyenne Soldier Society Leader Based on Cheyenne Ledger Drawings.

A. Young Man: The Last Great Indian Art Movement of the 20th Century.

17.30 - 19.00
Roundtable 1: Illuminating Cities' Colonial Verisimilitudes: Digital Walking Tours as a Methodology for Animating Indigenous Presences in Edinburgh, Scotland
(Chairs: Stirrup, David &
Andersen, Chris)
  • K. Rennard
  • J. Fear-Segal
  • D. Stirrup
  • C. Andersen

Rountable 2: Unshadowing Effective Museum Collaborations with American Indians: International Paradigms and Perspectives
(Chairs: Collins, Robert & Lindner, Markus)

  • C. Cávez
  • R. Hatoum
  • F. Usbeck
  • A. Wali

Venue: Museum of Ethnography (Dózsa Gy. St)

19.00 - 21.30

Opening of the visual arts exhibition and reception

Hosting institution Museum of Ethnography rep. welcome

Remarks: Marla Allison and Scott Stevens

29 June 2023 Venue: ELTE BTK / Humanities (Rákóczi St)

8.00 - Registration
9.00 - 10.30 Session 3: Playing Off the Stereotype 1: Contesting Indianism in Newspapers, Social Media and Indigenous Humor
(Chair: Stirup, David)

David L. Treier: Fabricating Objects and Identities: George Catlin’s “Ethnographic” Collection and the Construction of the American Indian.

A. R. Libanska: Representation of Native Americans in the Czechoslovak Magazine Mladý svět between 1959-1989.

K. Kodó: Looking Towards a Future Through Native Humour.

A. Ruckes: Online Territory: The Shadow of Nativist Historical Political Narratives.

Session 4: Homing People and Nations in Literature: From Oral Tradition to Contemporary Novel
(Chair: Wilczyńska, Elzbieta)

S. M. Steele: Mapping Li Keur (the heart, in Michif) of the Métis Nation Through the Red River Jig.

R. Potter-Deimel: Oral History, Traditions, Native American Story-Legends & Prophecy Realms & Time Zones Define ‘THE GREAT FLOOD’AND MAN’S ‘CREATION’.

E. Cortés-Farrujia: Indigiqueer homemaking: Upcycling Domestic Processes and Becomings in Queer Indigenous Literatures.

É. Urbán: Families Old and New in Tommy Orange’s There There.

E. Krakkó: Dislocation and Relocation: Representations of Domestic and Domesticized Spheres in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes

10.30 - 11.00

Break: refreshments and POSTER session opening

POSTER SESSION (doctoral students)
(Chair: Kenyeres, János)

V. Vogel: New museums, old patterns, The representation of objects from North America in the Humboldt Forum.

K. Bowman: Lifting the Veil: An Exploration of Double Consciousness in Indigenous Peoples.

M. Müller: Century who hold massive collections of indigenous art: Horst Antes, Lothar Baumgarten and Michael Bette.

H. Ayari (Fr): Mémoires de femmes, mémoires de peuples : reconquête de soi dans les mémoires d'Alicia Elliott et Linda Le Garde Grover.

11.00 - 12.30 Sessions 5: Playing Off the Stereotype 2: Pretendians
(Chairs: Madsen, Deborah)

J. Mackay: Pretendian identities: challenges and responsibilities for non-Native scholars.

M. Lindner: “They Want to Take Away Our Winnetou”. The Short Story of a Bad Movie, a Book and German ‘Sensibilities’.

T. Dufek: Image of an 'Indian' carried in the minds and bodies of Czech Indian hobbyists.

L. Savelkova/M. Hermansky: The Winnetou Film Phenonemon in the Czech and Slovak Regions.

Session 6: Indigenous Women Remembering and Remembered
(Chair: Brigido-Cochran, Anna)

H. Rho: The Polemical Disputes of Native American Womanhood in Miss Navajo Nation.

S. Komut-Bakic: The Shared Discourse of North American Indian Women: Sinister Wisdom 22/23: A Gathering of Spirit.

N. Reuther: The "Indian Princess" and the Taming of the Enticing Exotic Other: Perceptions of womanhood and their impact on the colonization of Turtle Island.

E. Wilczynska: Between the Philosophy of Forgiveness, Just World-Hypothesis and Historical Trauma – How to Protect the Body of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

12.30 - 14.00 Lunchbreak
14.00 - 15.00

Plenary presentation: Native American Studies in Hungary and Europe

Judit Szathmári / Scott M. Stevens: “This is how you see me the space in which to place me”: Mapping Indian Country in Hungary.

Cartographic Memory in Haudenosaunee-ga.

15.00 - 16.30 Roundtable 3: Ethnocultural In-Betweenness, Hybridity and Blended Heritage in a Transatlantic Perspective
(Chairs: Kádár, Judit & Collins, Robert)

R. Collins: Kinship and Memory: Shadows of American Indian Kinship in Slave Recollection.

R. Bartl: The Indigenization of African Americans and Persons of Color in the Eastern USA.

M. Allison

C. and D. Romero

J. Navracsics

Roundtable 4: Indigenous Internationalism in the Long Red Power Era
(Chair: De Vos, Laura)

L. Kyrová

J. Corssen

R. Humalajoki

G. Toth: Richard Erdoes, Red Power Ally

16.30 - 17.00 Break
17.00 - 18.30 AIW Business Meeting
19.00 - 21.30 Hungarian dinner

30 June 2023 Venue: ELTE BTK / Humanities (Rákóczi St)

8.00 - 11.00 Registration
9.00 - 10.30 Session 7: Ancestors in Literature
(Chair: Szathmári, Judit)

S. Martínez-Falquina: Generic Hybridity and Relationality in Darcie Little Badger’s Elatsoe (2020).

W. Laszkiewicz: Genocide, Survivance, and Ancestral Shadows in the Dystopian World of Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves.

A. Benkhadda: Haunted Temporalities: Ancestral Shadows and the Settler Colonial Past in Native American Story Collections.

O. B. Yalcin: Ghosts of Ancestors in Joy Harjo’s Poetry: “She Had Some Horses.

Session 8: Indigenous Ecology
(Chair: Stevens, Scott)

A. Brigido-Corachán: Water Memories and Traditional Environmental Knowledge in Poetic Works by Ofelia Zepeda and Leslie Marmon Silko.

D. Nicols: Indians, Invaders, and Indigenous Religious Sites.

M. Černý: Dispossession, Dislocation, and Environmental Disaster in the Eco-Justice Poetry of Ofelia Zepeda.

A. Takács: Changing Land - Inuit Lessons Learned...?

10.30 - 11.00 Break
11.00 - 12.30 Session 9: Films on Indigeneity
(Chair: Roza, Mathilde)

K. Knopf: Tia and Piujuq: Ancestral Shadows and Shared Futures in Inuit Transnational Film.

B. Balogh: Dances with Salmon?”: Impact of media-fostered Native American images on identity formation.

D. Erteber: Zacharias Kunuk: An Inuit Godard?

G. De Medts (Fr): L'ombre des ancêtres dans Mekko (2015) de Sterlin Harjo.

Session 10: Indigenous Schooling from Boarding Schools to Postcolonial Tribal Education
(Chair: Kyrová, Lucie)

E. Ergin: "What Would Sister Think?": The Heterogeneity and Hybridity of Indigenous Spiritual. Identity in Michelle Good's Five Little Indians.

N. Perry: Penticton as a Site of Indigenous and Settler-Colonial Relations.

P. Tsiokos: Is Reconciliation Viable? Indigenous and Settler-colonial Relations through the Lens of Transitional Justice.

M. Coffee: The Four Hills of Life Umonhon Cultural Curriculum How to write a book for those who do not read.

12.30 - 14.00 Lunchbreak
14.00 - 15.30 Session 11: Indigenous Sovereignty in the US and Canada
(Chair: Toth, György)

S. Stevens: Cartographic Memory in Haudenosaunee-ga.

D. Wilkins: “Another Star on the Flag:" Attempts to Create an Indigenous State.

S. Hitchmough: The Third Wave of the Red Power Movement, 1978-2023.

K. Talking Waters: Indigenizing International Environmental Law: A Case Study of the Arctic
Keshia Talking Waters De Freece Lawrence, Ramapough Lenape Munsee Tribe, United Nations Mandated University for Peace, Earthwatch Institute.

Z. Grossman: Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands.

Session 12: Unpacking Native/Settler-Colonial Relations from the Classroom to the Border
(Chair: Rodriguez, Stan)

  • E. Hood
  • K. Curo
  • P. Ortiz
  • J. Vicaldo
15.30 - 16.00 Closing remarks

1 July 2023
10.00 - 17.00 Optional city tour:

the Liget (Museum of Ethnography, House of Music, Millennium House, Vajdahunyad Castle, Museum of Fine Arts) free guided tour in Liget and special feature: The Sound Dome.

Lunch at Ethno-Bistro (special rate for AIW guests)

You can bring your swimsuit to Széchenyi Spa!