There There: A History of the American Indian Movement
January 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
This event is part of the One Book One Community partnership between Williamsburg Regional Library and William & Mary. The month-long series will include a January 24 discussion with Tommy Orange, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist There There. His novel examines the lives of 12 different Native Americans in the week leading up to the first Oakland Powwow, and the events that will engulf them all. Against the backdrop of the anti-war and civil rights movements of the late 1960s, the American Indian Movement (AIM) emerged to address Native people’s concerns about broken treaties, poverty and cultural preservation. The occupation of Alcatraz Island and Wounded Knee, South Dakota were two of AIM’s most prominent protests. Tommy Orange included them as significant historical events that affect characters in There There.
Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, Ph.D. (Director of the American Indian Resource Center and Curator of Native American Art at William & Mary) will provide an overview of rise of AIM and its impact on issues of tribal sovereignty and indigenous rights.