Event Date:Wed, 09/19/2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series at the Frank and Jane Gabor West
Virginia Folklife Center continues with presentations about Native American
life. On Wednesday, September 19, at 7:00 p.m., Dr. John Boback will speak
about multinational nature of the Western Virginia frontier before the
arrival of the Europeans. Dr. John Boback has worked at several historic
sites that explore Native American history including Prickett’s Fort State
Park, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and
Historic Village. He has also taught American frontier history and
Appalachian studies at Alderson Broaddus University.
In his presentation, Boback will discuss some of the problems with the way
that we have traditionally conceptualized Native people in early American
history, followed by a discussion of how Native American cultural diversity
and multiculturalism characterized western Virginia from the earliest days of
Euro-American settlement. The presentation concludes with a discussion of how
frontier warfare and colonialism transformed Native American identity in our
region during the 1600s and 1700s.
The lecture series is supported by the WV Humanities Council.