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Columbia University AAOA Seminar
October 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON THE ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA, AND THE AMERICAS
Severin Morris Fowles
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College, Columbia University
The Curious Case of Coronado’s Shields:
Towards an Iconology of Pueblo Visual Culture on the Eve of Spanish Colonialism
In 1540, Francisco Vázquez de Coronado marched forth to conquer, he hoped, the golden kingdoms that were rumored to exist on the far northern frontier of the Spanish Trans-Atlantic Empire. He encountered instead the Pueblo communities of what is today New Mexico and Arizona. This presentation reconsiders a fleeting episode drawn from the Spanish account of Coronado’s violent travels throughout the region: the gift of shields by a Pueblo delegation to their invaders.
To understand this gift requires a complicated cultural inquiry into not just the meanings of Pueblo shields but the images that adorned them, the wider role of iconography in Ancestral Pueblo society, and the very nature of power, agency, and subjectivity within the indigenous traditions of the American West. Furthermore, the curious case of Coronado’s shields also presents an opportunity to consider what archaeology and anthropology have to offer art history, and vice versa.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
832 Schermerhorn Hall
Wine and Cheese 6.00–6.30pm
MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GIFT FROM A MEMBER OF THE SEMINAR
Those wishing to join for dinner with the speaker after the presentation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.