The Other Slavery: Histories of Indian Bondage from New Spain to the Southwestern United States

Image: Miguel A. Gandert, Linda Elena, Talpa, NM, 1995. Gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, 2016.20.6. © 1995 Miguel Gandert
Image: Miguel A. Gandert, Linda Elena, Talpa, NM, 1995. Gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, 2016.20.6. © 1995 Miguel Gandert

Stories of enslaved Indigenous peoples have often been absent from the historical narrative. Join the Smithsonian for a virtual symposium September 24-27 that explores the hidden stories of enslaved Indigenous peoples, focusing on the legacy of Spanish colonization in the Americas and Asia and its impact on what is now the southwestern United States. Experts from a range of academic disciplines, including Indigenous studies, anthropology, and history, examine untold stories of coerced labor and peonage and the long-term impact of Indian slavery.

Panelists discuss the legacies of Native American enslavement with Indigenous community leaders and cultural workers. The symposium explores the different forms and complexity of human bondage that resulted in hybrid cultures, tangled economic practices, and intricate social relationships between the Spanish and Indigenous communities. This program seeks to give a comprehensive “first voice” to these hushed stories and living legacies.

The symposium is presented by the Smithsonian Latino Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in association with the Smithsonian’s initiative, Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past.

The Other Slavery symposium is made possible, in part, through support from the One Smithsonian Symposia Fund through the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of the Under Secretary for Museums and Culture. Bank of America is proud to be the founding partner of Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past.

Full biographies for the speakers, panelists and presenters are available on the symposium’s website at https://nmai.brand.live/c/the-other-slavery/.

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