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La Canoa – Giving Baque: On Hemispheric Indigeneities and the Southern Border of New Mexico

December 14, 2019

2 pm – 4 pm

Building on and departing from the work of interethnic thought-leaders in New Mexico, Dr. Gregorio Gonzales will consider how competing logics of settler-statecraft and Native American nationhood operate in a place of both Native- and nuevomexicanx-led struggles for political autonomy and religious liberty. The current humanitarian crisis along New Mexico’s southern border demonstrates the urgency of Indigenous transnational existences as they transit and transgress the political integrities of settlerstates and tribal nations alike. Dr. Gonzales will discuss the significance of New Mexico in building bridges of critical understanding and alliance inside this vital thoroughfare between Native America and Latin America.

This is a FREE event OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Gregorio Gonzales is Genízaro and Comanche from the borderlands of Comanchería and Genízaro country in northern New Mexico. He is currently the 2019-2020 Riley Scholar-in-Residence in Anthropology and Southwest Studies at Colorado College. Earning his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017, Dr. Gonzales’s writings have appeared in the New Mexico Magazine, Peace Review, and Red Ink, among others. As a community-engaged scholar and relative, Dr. Gonzales remains involved with the Albuquerque-based urban Indian nonprofit, Americans for Indian Opportunity, and continues his youth development work this fall with relatives in the Taos and Rio Chama valleys.

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