Jewish and Indigenous American Interactions with David S. Koffman
Join The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History to welcome Dr David S Koffman for the first of two lectures focused on the historical intersections and relationships between Indigenous and Jewish American communities. In this first lecture, Dr Koffman will highlight significant moments in history that helped shape the dynamics of these relationships from the colonial Atlantic world to the Civil Rights era. It touches down on the fur trade routes in Indian Territories of the “Old West” in the late 19th century, in the curio shops of the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Plains, the frontier newspaper and memoirs of Jewish western pioneers, and the New York and Washington offices of policy makers, lobbyists and anthropologists of the New Deal era. Based on his award winning book, The Jews’ Indian: Colonialism, Pluralism and Belonging in America, professor David S. Koffman will host a lively discussion about a largely unknown, complex and fascinating history of an interpersonal and intercommunal meeting.
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