Contemporary Perspectives on American Indian Peoples of North America A Series of Public Presentations

Join us this week for two guest lectures presented by:

Dr. David R. Miller

Emeritus Professor, Indigenous Studies

University of Regina, Saskatchewan Canada


“Peoples of the Plateau Culture Area”

Tuesday, February 17      4:00 pm      Student Building, Room 150

The environment of the Plateau in the northwestern United States and contiguous parts of Canada was an extreme and demanding one for human adaptation. In order to examine the relationships between people in the region and the responses necessary for their survival, this presentation surveys the experiences of several exemplary groups: the Tsilhqotin and the Sanpoil/Nespelam.


“Peoples of the Canadian Plains”

Thursday, February 19   •   4:00 pm   •   Student Building, Room 150

The northern Plains tribes in Canada arise from adaptation to a gradation of environments—from woodlands to parkland to prairie, and include a combination of the longest (Blackfeet Confederacy) and shortest (Atsina/Gros Ventre, Plains Cree) adaptations to prairie life. Practices arising from the contact era of the 18th and 19th centuries—represented by the fur trade, the arrival of horses, the effects of diseases, and the extermination of most of the buffalo—left these groups little choice but to be incorporated by the emerging Canadian nation. Cultural dynamics of this region will be the focus of the presentation.

These lectures are presented for Anthropology E320 “Indians of North America”

Professor Douglas R. Parks, Instructor


All members of the Indiana University Community, as well as the general public, are invited to attend all of the lectures in the series.


Indiana University Sponsors

  • Department of Anthropology
  • American Indian Studies Research Institute
  • William H. Mathers Museum of World Cultures
  • First Nations Education and Cultural Center