Tuesday 03 April 2018

APR 3: Spring Lecture Series #3 / Red Jacket Bathed Here: Inventing Native American Origins for Leisure in the Early American Republic

This year's Lecture Series' theme is "Public Entertainment in the Early American Republic".
Please join us for all 4 events scheduled for Tuesday evening in late March and early April.

Admission is FREE
Light snacks will be served
All lectures will be in the Museum's Dairy Barn Lecture Hall.
For More Info: http://www.frontiermuseum.org/spring-lecture-series-2018/


Lecture #3 - April 3, 7:oo pm
Guest Speaker:  Will B. Mackintosh, University of Mary Washington
“Red Jacket Bathed Here: Inventing Native American Origins for Leisure in the Early American Republic”

Topic Overview:
Elite Europeans had traveled to mineral and hot springs for pleasure and health since the 17th century. In the late colonial period, elite Americans began to imitate this practice, establishing nascent American spa towns, often named after their British forbears. But after independence, the explicit anglophilia of places like Bath, Virginia became problematic. As a result, by the early 19th century, elite Americans began to reassure themselves that their mineral springs had Native American origins, rather than British origins, despite the fact that their architecture, medical discourse, and social rituals remained far closer to British examples than to any actual Native American practice. This new imagining of Native American origins appeared quickly and ubiquitously, in popular histories, fiction, and guidebooks. It allowed culturally nationalist early Americans to imagine that they were different from elite Europeans while still creating social capital that was transatlantically legible. It turned elite leisure into a strategy for cementing the cultural appropriation of Indian lands and Indian social practices.


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