In this illustrated slide-lecture, historian Elizabeth Fenn uses the circumstances of Sacagawea’s capture to illuminate a deeper history of the northern plains and Rockies. Fenn discusses Indigenous warfare, hunting techniques, environmental conditions, horse-borne interactions, and plains power dynamics as they pertained to a one-month period of Sacagawea’s life. This lecture makes the deep history of the West accessible to broad audiences.
This presentation is the third in a series of lectures in the Jefferson’s West: Lewis, Clark, and Native Americans program during June 2021. Please see the upcoming events list and join us for more expert lectures on this summer expedition!
Distinguished Professor, Early America/Native American History, University of Colorado Boulder
Elizabeth Fenn is the author of Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People and Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82. She is currently working on a contextual biography of Sacagawea titled Sacagawea’s World: Window on the American West. Fenn teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is a distinguished professor in the Department of History. She is a Pulitzer-winning historian for her book on Sacagawea. https://www.colorado.edu/history/2020/01/09/pulitzer-winning-historian-gets-neh-award-book-sacagawea
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This presentation is the third in a series of lectures in the Jefferson’s West: Lewis, Clark, and the Native Americans program during June 2021. Please see the upcoming events list and join us for more expert lectures on this summer expedition!
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