Documenting Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas: A Roundtable Discussion

Endorsed by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) and the Western History Association

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples; Race; Slavery


Although we now know that European colonizers enslaved as many as 5 million Native Americans between the late fifteenth and late nineteenth centuries, we are only beginning to understand the varied practices of native slavery and the varied experiences of enslaved individuals. Taking a hemispheric approach, the presenters will reflect on the problem of archival recovery and the silences of the historical record, on the archive as a product of historical dynamics and as a shaper of historical narratives. Contributions will range from theoretical approaches to the more practical challenges of assembling the Database of Indigenous Slavery in the Americas.

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Linford D. Fisher, Brown University

Panelist: Elizabeth Ellis, New York University

Panelist: Rebecca Anne Goetz, New York University

Panelist: Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University

Panelist: Yuko Miki, Fordham University

Panelist: Andrés Reséndez, University of California, Davis