Friday, November 4, 2022 12:30pm
About this Event
1300 Memorial Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146https://humanities.as.miami.edu/
Stanford Seminar -" Fake News and Fabricated History: Ned Christie as the Symbol of the Wild West"
Featured Speaker: Devon Mihesuah (University of Kansas)
*Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 2 (end of day, so we can confirm number of lunches).
In 1887, the respected Cherokee National Councilman Ned Christie was accused of murdering U.S. Deputy Marshall Dan Maples in Tahlequah, Indian Territory. Christie was hounded by posses until determined lawmen blew up his home with dynamite in 1892 and shot him as he emerged from the burning cabin. Despite there being no evidence that Christie killed Maples, hundreds of “fake news” stories about the "killer" Ned were printed in newspapers around the country. Fabricated stories about Christie and his family continued into the twentieth century and shaped Christie's image into the iconic symbol of Wild West violence and Native savagery. What happened to Ned Christie is a cautionary tale about how the press can create history, influence public opinion, and be used for political purposes.
Devon Mihesuah, an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is the Cora Lee Beers Price Professor in the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas and is the former editor of the American Indian Quarterly and the University Nebraska Press book series, “Contemporary Indigenous Issues.” A historian by training, she is the author of numerous award-winning books on Indigenous history and current issues, including Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness, that was recently named the Best Indigenous Book in the World by Gourmand International; American Indigenous Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism; Ned Christie: The Creation of an Outlaw and Cherokee Hero; Choctaw Crime and Punishment: 1884-1907 and American Indians: Stereotypes and Realities, as well as seven novels, most recently Dance of the Returned that was published in September 2022. She oversees the American Indian Health and Diet Project at https://aihd.ku.edu/ and the Facebook page, Indigenous Eating. See her blog at: https://devonmihesuah.blog.ku.edu/