Lecture: "Pueblo Communities across the Threshold of Spanish Colonization" by Porter Swentzell, New Mexico History Museum June 5
Pueblo Communities across the Threshold of Spanish Colonization: Examples of Resiliency
A Friends of History First Wednesday Lecture by
Assistant Professor and Chair of Indigenous Liberal Studies,
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
Noon, Wednesday, June 5, 2019
New Mexico History Museum Auditorium
This presentation focuses on the Pueblo nations; in particular, the Tewa-speaking Pueblo communities of northern New Mexico. Pueblo peoples have managed to find creative ways to survive and thrive as sedentary agriculturalists for thousands of years in the high desert environment of the southwestern United States. Through the impositions of various waves of colonialism, Pueblo people have relied on their axiologies to maintain strong linguistic and cultural traditions in the communities they have lived in for centuries.
Porter Swentzell is from Santa Clara Pueblo, where he grew up participating in traditional life in his community and developed an interest in language and cultural preservation. He is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Liberal Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts and serves on the boards of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, the Native American Advised Endowment Fund, and the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project. Porter holds a PhD in Justice Studies from Arizona State University, a MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations in History and Political Science from Western New Mexico University and a BA in Integrated Studies with an Emphasis in Pueblo Indian Studies from Northern New Mexico College. He lives at Santa Clara Pueblo along with his partner and three children.