The Year of North American Indigenous Peoples is very honored to host Dr. Theda Perdue tomorrow night at 7:00 in the Funk Heritage Center. She will be speaking on the topic "The Southeastern Indians and Jim Crow."
Dr. Perdue is a Professor of Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an acknowledged expert on the indigenous peoples of this region. A brief biography from the UNC Web site follows:
Professor Perdue's research focuses on the Native peoples of the southeastern
United States. She is the author or co-author of seven books including Cherokee
Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835 (1998), which won the Julia Cherry Spruill Award for the best book in southern women's history and the James Mooney Prize for the best book in the anthropology of the South. More recently, she has published "Mixed Blood" Indians: Racial Construction in the Early South (2003) and, with co-author Michael D. Green, The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Southeast (2001) and The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears (2007). She is the editor or co-editor of six books including Sifters: The Lives of Native American Women (2001). She has held a number of fellowships including ones from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Newberry Library, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She has served as president of the Southern Association for Women Historians (1985-86) and the American Society for Ethnohistory (2001).
Professor Perdue currently has three projects underway: a book on Indians in the segregated South, the Averitt lectures on race and the Cotton States Exposition which will be published as a book, and, with Michael D. Green, A Very Short Introduction to North American Indians.
Yawn's Books & More of Canton will provide copies of some of Dr. Perdue's books for purchase at the event tomorrow night. Come out and take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet Dr. Perdue and hear her speak!