*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Native Americans in a European-Based Society

Each of four classes will have a different speaker addressing various aspects of European influence on Native Americans and vice-versa. Class 1: Karenne Wood will address the status of 12 state-recognized Indian nations (one now federally recognized) in Virginia and a history of their exposure to European occupation from 1607 to now. Class 2: Jeff Hantman will discuss the people and culture of the Monacans from 1000 AD to 1700 AD and the role they played in European and Indian relations circa 1607. Class 3: Mary McConnell will address the Spanish introduction of the horse to Native Americans in the 1500s and how the horse affected tribal life. Class 4: Rob Speiden will share tracking skills, concepts, and misconceptions from the North American Native American perspective and indigenous cultures around the world. His presentation will involve the students in a tracking event involving a bobcat and its prey, as well as some search and rescue missions.

Instructor Bio:

Bill Speiden is a retired dairy farmer who reenacts historical events as his avocation. Bill has written numerous articles on history and oxen for Rural Heritage and various Oregon Trail publications. Dr. Karenne Wood is an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation. She directs the award-winning Virginia Indian Heritage Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Dr. Jeff Hantman is an anthropological archaeologist with a long-term interest in the history of the Monacan Indian people. Dr. Mary McConnell runs a conservation breeding program with her Choctaw horses. She has extensively studied America’s early Spanish horses and their influence on the Native American way of life. Rob Speiden founded the Natural Awareness Tracking School (NATS), teaches for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and is the author of Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting & Tracking.

Recommended Reading:

Keith Egloff, Deborah Woodward First People:The Early Indians of Virginia, 2006. Rountree, Helen C. Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough – Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown, 2005. Miller, Robert J. Native America, Discovered and Conquered, T. Jefferson, Lewis and Clark and Manifest Destiny, 2006. David Treuer, Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life, 2012. Speiden, Robert. Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking. 2009. Louis Liebenberg, Adriaan Louw and Mark Elbroch, Practical Tracking, 2010.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B403 Bill Speiden Apr 19, 26, May 3, 10 Th 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church WL

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