Cherokee Women Trailblazers in the Early 20th Century
WHEN Friday | 25 Sep, 12:00 PM
WHERE Zoom online
Dr. Farina King will discuss the experiences and efforts of Native American women, particularly Cherokee alumnae of the Cherokee National Female Seminary (now present-day Northeastern State University), who emerged as public intellectuals in the early twentieth century. She traces the stories and lives of Indigenous women such as Rachel Caroline Eaton and Isabelle Cobb who supported and advocated for human and civil rights for their peoples in the era of women’s suffrage movements leading to the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. She also emphasizes the intergenerational and ongoing struggles for Native Americans’ civil and voting rights in the United States, as part of sovereign Indigenous nations, especially from Indigenous women’s perspectives.
Farina King is a Diné historian and assistant professor of history and affiliate of the Cherokee and Indigenous Studies Department at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She is the author of The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century (2018). She focuses on Native American and Indigenous experiences in boarding schools during the twentieth century. Learn more about her work at farinaking.com