This Land Was Our Land: Native Americans, Globablization and Treaties.
This is the second of a special Bicentennial Speaker Series offering nine programs about "The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans," under the sponsorship of the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College and the Illinois State Museum.
SUMMARY: Clinging to the eastern seaboard and still under threat from Great Britain, the fledging United States soon adopted a large-scale and aggressive strategy for expansion. Unfamiliar and daunting landscapes did little to stem westward expansion, and immediately Native American Nations, sole residents of the continent for thousands of years, faced an unprecedented challenge to their territory and way of life. This presentation explores the cultural transformation of the Illinois territory on the eve of statehood and how these events reverberate today.
BIO: Dr. Wiant recently retired after three years as the Interim Director of the Illinois State Museum. Previous to that time, he was Chairman of the Anthropology/Archeology Department of the museum and Director of the Illinois State Museum at Dickson Mounds. An archeologist, Wiant has explored the long history of Native Americans in the Illinois River Valley for more than 40 years. His research interests range from stone tool to changes in the Illinois landscape and he shares his insights through public lectures, teaching and publication.