Tuesday, March 05, 2013

A History Conference I wish I could attend

Here is an event I wish I could attend, but cannot due to time and budget constraints. But I wanted to highlight it in case any of my blog readers live in the Pittsburgh, PA area and might be interested in attending.

Eastern American Indian History Conference 2013
Sat., April 20 - Sun, April 21, 2013
Fort Pitt Museum

From the website: Fort Pitt's Eastern American Indian History Conference is dedicated to examining the lives and material culture of the original inhabitants of the region east of the Mississippi River during the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. In addition to the speakers, a limited number of juried tables will be available for artisans who create historical replicas and for educational displays.

Check out the conference website for more information about the lectures. Here's the full description of one of them:
"I will shoot at them while I have an arrow left": The Persistence of Archery in the Northeast Woodlands. The bow and arrow remain an enduring icon of Native American culture and with good reason. This presentation will take a practical look at woodland Indian archery during the colonial period. The common perception is that once firearms became available to Native peoples in the northeast, that the bow was cast aside for the more "advanced" weaponry. There is, however, a significant amount of evidence that points to the contrary and examining this information will be the focus of the presentation. Presented by Michael Galban (public historian at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, New York)
Other lectures:
Violence, Diplomacy, and Coexistence in the Eastern Great Lakes, 1763-1764, an examination of British-Indian relations in the vicinity of the Niagara fort system during Pontiac’s Rebellion. Presented by Daniel Ingram (Assistant Professor of American History at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana)
Obscure Rules of Wampum Belt Diplomacy. The exchange and presentation of wampum played an essential role in 18th century Native diplomacy. Presented by George R. Hamell (curator of the Rock Foundation Collection, Rochester Museum and Science Center)

Brass Tacks & Curious Figures: 18th Century American Indian Powderhorns, an overview of these once common tools, drawing from archaeology, historic accounts, period artwork, and surviving horns with Indian provenience. Presented by Alan Gutchess (Director of the Fort Pitt Museum)

“All very determined to conquer or die”: Fort Pitt Under Siege, 1763 This talk will examine how the fort’s defenders were witnesses to the total and unconventional style of warfare that marked the larger conflict of Pontiac’s rebellion. Presented by Andrew Gaerte (18th century material culture scholar)
"I'm a Man, and a Warrior too": Interpreting Woodland Indian Tattoos This presentation will examine various tattoo design elements and offer suggestions to their meaning. Presented by Scott Meachum (historian, Native American material culture)

There isn't one lecture that doesn't sound of absorbing interest to this writer. I've written to inquire whether recordings or transcripts will be available for purchase after the conference.

One can hope!


  1. Good luck on the recordings and transcripts, Lori! This conference is perfect for you. I'm sorry you can't get there.

    1. It's enough to make a writer want to move back east... until I spent a few hours today writing a scene set in hot and humid coastal NC, and I remembered those east coast summers. Dry heat is lovely. Lovely.

    2. I'll remember you comment this summer while I drip with sweat. ; )

  2. Oh, this sounds wonderful, Lori, and Pitt is the perfect venue:) Wish we could go together!

    1. I've just heard back from the museum director, and they are not able to make recordings or transcripts of the lectures. Too bad! I think it would be great fun if we could have attended together Laura.