Conference Agenda

Day I ::: Friday, April 29

5:00pm ---- Registration and Reception
6:00pm -----Traditional opening ceremony with Cayuga Elder Amos Key Jr.
6:30pm -----Opening speeches from the University Community & Organizer
6:45pm ---- Honoring Ceremony for the late Jack Forbes and Patricia Monture with Spirit Wind Singers

Keynote Speaker:
7:00pm ----- Jace Weaver (University of Georgia) "The Two Paul Cuffes: Intersections of the Red and Black Atlantics"

Day II ::: Saturday April 30

9:30-11:00 Plenary Panel: Agency, Power and Historical Presence across the Americas

"Reclaiming the Agency of Indigenous and African Descended Peoples in Shaping the Post-invasion Politics, Economics, and Cultures of the Americas" by Santiago Ruiz and Nicholas Faraclas

"Terra de Ninguem (Nobody's Land): Blacks and Indians in Postcolonial Brazilian History" by Yuko Miki

"Racism and Criminalization: State and Social Movements in Mexico at the Beginning of the 21st Century" by Alejandro Cerda Garcia

11:00 – 11:15 Break - Coffee and Muffins

11:15 - 12:30 - Indigenous-Black Relations in the Caribbean with:

  • Zoila Ellis Browne, Garifuna Cultural Foundation of St. Vincent,
  • Irvince Auguiste Kalinago Nation of Dominica,

12:30 – 1:45 Lunch and Book Launch

1:15 Book Launch:

La autonomía a debate: autogobierno indígena y Estado plurinacional en América LatinaCoordinadores: Miguel González, Araceli Burguete Cal y Mayor, Pablo Ortiz

Featuring: Miguel Gonzalez (co-editor), Dolores Figueroa (co-author) and Irma Molina (researcher affiliated with ISHD, who will provide a commentary on the volume).

Book launch will be co-sponsored by the International Secretariat for Human Development and Democratic Governance (ISHD) and CERLAC.

1:45-3:45 Panel Discussions

Panel 1: State Repression and 'Official' Identities in Honduras

"Indigenous and African Diaspora Historiography when in Power: Reflections on Honduras before the Coup of 2009" by Dario Euraque and Yesenia MartinezAfrica, the African Diaspora and Indigenous Peoples in he Primary and Secondary Curriculums of Contemporary Central America/África y la Diáspora Africana en los Programas Curriculares en Centroamérica" by Yesenia Martinez and Dario EuraqueSurviving as Garinagu in the 21st Century: Resisting and Transforming Colonial Categories of Race in Honduras by Kimberly Palmer

Panel 2: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Indigenous Caribbean Identity

"Carib Identity, Racial Politics, and the Problem of Belonging" by Maximilian Forte"Good and Evil in the Garden: Indigenous and African Oppression and Solidarity in the Post-Contact Caribbean" by Leah Stewart"Caliban's Caribbean Voyage: Historicising Caribbean Discourses of Indigeneity and Indigenization" by Melanie Newton"The (Re)vision of Slavery: Bartolomé de Las Casas and Francisco José de Jaca's formulation of a counter-legal discourse in the Hispanic Caribbean" by Rebeca Moreno-Orama

3:45 – 4:00 Break – Coffee and muffins

4:00 - 5:30 State-Imposed Identities and Relationships of Domination

"'Eracing Indians in Brazil' The Racialization of Race as Black and its Contribution to the Black-Indian Divide" by Jonathan Warren"Tumba, Tumbe or Tuma Carnaval? Performing Difference along Chile's Northern Border" by Juan Eduardo Wolf"History they Never Knew--Black Indians and Federal Recognition in Brazil and the United States" by Jan Hoffman French

5:30 – 9:30 Banquet

(Tickets will be sold for this event, at $20/person)
Entertainment: Poetry, Music, Dance

Day II ::: Entertainment

At our Banquet on Saturday, April 30, we will feature local and international entertainers. Below are their bios.

amai-kudaAmai Kuda is a singer/songwriter, community activist and the mother of a young child. The name Amai Kuda means "mother to the will of the creator" in the southern African language Shona. Through parenthood, community work and art, Amai is a vehicle for creation and for change. She co-founded and co-coordinates three organizations, Moyo Wa Africa, Seven Directions and R3, dedicated to the decolonization of African peoples and to Indigenous solidarity respectively. Website

che-spinSPIN was born in Guatemala in the middle of a "civil" war. Forced into exile the day after his eleventh birthday, SPIN was politicized as a child. His poetry has been defined by the injustices his own eyes witnessed while living in Guatemala, the absence of his father, the culture of Hip Hop, his mother's early teachings on the oppression of the Palestinian people, US Army atrocities.

Most impacting to SPIN's early lessons was the suffering of the Maya indigenous people who make up the majority of the population in Guatemala, just as ethnic people make up the majority of the population in the world!

He is a faithful servant of the Mayan Cosmovision, keeper of the sacred Cholq'ij Calendar and is being instructed by elders from the Maya K'iche' tradition on the path of an Aj'qij (spiritual guide). He has toured several Onwkehonwe territories sharing his message through Hip Hop with the Reztore Pride project ( and constantly works to weave youth of African and Indigenous ancestry together on sovereign territories. Twitter: @spinelpoeta Listen to "Made In Canada" by SPIN as aired on CBC Radio

AngelHeartRiverwalker Project with Malikah Awe:ri:The AngelHeartRiverwalker Project rooted in Afro-Nativism from the North & South. This Duo is best known for their lyrical and musical contributions to the popular Red Slam Collective. The AngelHeart Riverwalker Project represents the best of Mahlikah Awe:ri's poetic-rapology mixed with indigenous drum talk and Isaac Riverwalker's reggae hiphopsoulrock fused with afro-peruvian rhythms and the syncopated stylin's of Yusei Ota on percussions.

James Lovell is a Garifuna Artist who is very passionate about his heritage and is working diligently for the empowerment and advancement of the Garifuna people and culture.

He was born in the village of Mango Creek, but grew up in Dangriga Town, Belize, Central America. The Garifuna are descendants of Caribs, Arawaks and Africans (primarily from the region of West Africa) who intermarried with each other.

The offspring of these cultures were called the Black Caribs or Garifuna. James was exposed to Garifuna music at an early age in Dangriga, which is considered the cultural mecca of Belize, where Pen Cayetano and the Turtle Shell Band composed songs addressing the social, political and racial issues facing the people of Belize. The Punta Rock fever quickly spread to Honduras, Guatemala and the United States.

In 1990, upon migrating to the United States and attending concerts all over New York City, James came in direct contact with African music. Immediately recognizing the similarities of these new sounds and his traditional music, he began experimenting by playing the music alongside each other. As a result of combining both patterns, new rhythms emerged, which he coined Afrigarifuna Rhythms.

James received a BA degree in African Studies from Hunter College in NY. He also minored in Music. In June 1995, James produced and released his first professional CD album entitled "Cabasan Numari" ("Who is going to be my wife"). One of James' song, was recorded by "La Tribu Garifuna," a band from Honduras. Another band, "Estrellas Ubou" prerecorded James' song, "Hesientibunu" (I'm in love with you). The album Cabasan Numari was well received in the Garifuna communities in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, New York, Los Angeles, and other parts of the world. James has produced and recorded three albums and is presently working on a bilingual children nursery rhymes album.

James has performed in numerous settings in New York City and the Tri-State areas. He recently facilitated "Habinaha Garinagu" (Dance Garifuna) in Dangriga Belize, sponsored by the National Garifuna Council.

In 1994, James became one of the co-creators and co-founder as well as the Musical Director of Illagulei (Roots), a Garifuna Cultural Performing Arts Company. Illagulei, is a non- profit, 501 © (3) tax exempt organization which utilizes performing arts for the preserving and uplifting of the Garifuna culture. James is the driving force in the company's musical department. He is responsible for the formation and creation of Illagulei's Children orchestra.

James may be contacted at or You may also visit his website James Lovell

Day III ::: Sunday May 1

10:00 – 11:30 Plenary Panel: Historical and Contemporary Struggles of Cherokee Freedmen in Oklahoma

  • "'One Ever Feels his Two-Ness': Reflections on the Historical and Contemporary Sociopolitical Challenges of Black Cherokees in Oklahoma" by Celia E. Naylor"
  • "Old Struggles in New Times: Cherokee Freedmen and the Fight for Tribal Citizenship" by Circe Sturm
  • Okeechobee to Oklahoma: Native and African Roots of the Seminole Nation" by Melinda Micco

11:30 - 11:45 Coffee and Muffins

11:45 - 1:00 Panel Discussions

Panel 1A: Historical Connections and Disjunctions: African-American and Native American Lives and Experiences

  • "Media Piece:Reporting from Indian Country, African America: The Smithsonian's "Indivisible" Exhibit"
  • "The Dynamics of Common Unity between Africans and Native Americans: Evidence from African-Native American Narratives" by Robert Keith Collins
  • "Jim Crow in California? Linking California Indian Forced Labour Statutes to Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws in the Post-Emancipation South" by Beth Rose Middleton

Panel 1B: African American or Native American? Deconstructing Colonial Categories

"Reclaiming 'Afro-digenous' Resistance for the Twenty-first Century: Recovering Stolen Histories and Restoring Anti-Colonial Visions for the Americas" by Alyssa Clutterbuck

"Making Connections across Colonialism: Native Bodies/Land and Black Bodies/Slavery" by Tiffany Lethabo King

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch and Book Signing

1:30 Book Signing: Trish St. Hill's new novel: Beneath the Golden Mango Tree: A Story of Change, Courage, and Betrayal.

2:00 - 3:30 Community Panel: From Global to Local: Community Histories and Struggles in Canada

"Examples of Black Native Marriages in Upper Canada: The Rolling Family". Powerpoint presentation by Carl Finkle

"Reflections from a Nova Scotia Black Mi'kmaq Community" by Teresa Joudry and Dave Curry (from L'sitkuk (Bear River) First Nation and LeQuille, a neighbouring Black community)

""Stolen People on Colonized Lands" by Zainab Amadahy

3:30 – 3:45 Break - Coffee and Muffins

3:45 - 5:00 Panel Discussions

Panel 2A: Race and Indigeneity in Canadian Nation-Building

"Above America: Race and Canadian Exceptionalism in the Nation-Building Era" by Tamara Extian-Babiuk

"The Legality and Constitutionality of the Crown's Fiduciary duty Towards Aboriginal Peoples inCanada: A Comparative Study with United States" by Manfred Ewang

"Unsettling Founding Races in Canada: The Exclusion of Indigenous Groups from The Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (1963-1970)" by Eve Haque

Panel 2B: Taking Indigeneity into Account in Writing Blackness

"Reflections on African Canadian History, Historiography and Indigeneity" by Barrington Walker

"Rewriting Black Histories, Erasing Indigenous Presence" by Paula Madden

"The First Black Prairie Novel: Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance's Autobiography and the Repression of Prairie Blackness" by Karina Vernon.

Panel 2C: Gender, Blackness and Indigeneity

"Locating Carceral Bodies: Exploring the Shared History of Black and Indigenous Women in Prison" by Rai Reece

"E)rac(e)ing Histories of Gender, Class, and Nation in Canada: A Relational Analysis of Indigenous and Diasporic Masculinities in Soucouyant and Stryker" by Ruthann Lee

"Spiritual Literacy and Black African Women's Leadership" by Marilyn Patricia Johncilla

Panel 2D: Migration, Racialized Settlers and Indigeneity

"Land-Labour Exploitation and Migrant Worker Identity in Canada" by Adrian A. Smith

"Privilege vs. Complicity: Situating Racialized People in Relation to Indigenous Self-Determination Struggles" by Beenash Jafri

Sacred conceptions of space and time: challenging secular accounts of nationalism and sovereignty" by Zahir Kolia

5:00 Closing Ceremony