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November 8-9: Intersecting Identities: A Symposium on Native Americans and African Americans

This week on The Local Take I’m speaking with Dr. Candy Tate representing the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and Steven Gayle from the Afro-Amerindian Research & Cultural Center

They join me to speak about the upcoming symbosium: Intersecting Identities Perspectives on Culture and Nationhood of African and Indigenous Peoples of The Americas. This event starts Friday, November 8th at the AUC Woodruff Library and culminates with a Native American Festival & Pow Wow at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, November 9th.

I ask how the decision was made to create a program speaking to the relationship between Native Americans and African Americans.  Mr. Gayle shares how his organization the Afro-Amerindian Research and Cultural Center decided to present the subject matter not only from an academic place, but also from a historical perspective. 

Gayle speculates that 1 in 20 African American have some percentage of Native American ancestry. He also shares that the diversity that exist with Native American tribes and enslaved Africans means that there was a diversity of relationships between the two groups. 

Registration is required for attendance.  Academics, community members and anyone interested in the subject matter is invited to attend.  The first day will include panel discussions and a film.  The second day includes admission to the Native American Pow Wow and Festival taking place at Stone Mountain Park. 

Register to attend Intersecting Identities 

For more information about the Afro-Amerindian Research & Cultural Center

For more information about the Association for the Study of African American Life and History