EIHS Lecture: "Cross Cultures: Spanish Travelers on Indian Highways in the 16th-Century Southwest"
Abstract: Considering the pageantry and protocols to which Spaniards turned in their encounters with indigenous people in the sixteenth-century American Southwest, Juliana Barr will explore how religious iconography became intertwined with native enslavement when the icons and the encounters remained in the hands of militiamen rather than missionaries. The age of Spanish explorers and conquistadores – before missionaries and colonizers dotted Indian domains with their churches and settlements – was a world where Spanish and Indian deities waged wars across long sacred landscapes and where political and spiritual power conflicted and combined in ways unfamiliar and unknown in the creation of new colonial worlds.
Biography: Juliana Barr is associate professor and Jessie Ball duPont-Magid Term Professor at the University of Florida. Her first book, Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands (2007) was the recipient of six book awards. Her research and teaching fields focus on American Indians and colonialism, especially in terms of the role of Indian women in native diplomacy, Indian enslavement, intersections of European colonialism and indigenous sovereignty, and continental and hemispheric models for understanding the history of the early Americas.
Free and open to the public.
This lecture is part of the Thursday Speaker Series of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.