2023 Forum


Sunday, September 17, 2023

All day

Arrival & Hotel Check in

Residence Inn Hotel

Monday, September 18, 2023

Tilden Room, MLK Student Union


9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

Panel 1

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Forced Migrations

Chair: Amy Kerner
Comments: Tamara Polyakova & Jorge Ramirez-Lopez

Chechesh Kudachinova, Mannheim University

Moving Bodies, Mobile Lives: Framing Forced Indigenous Mobilities and the Production of Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century Siberia

Rachel Nolan, Boston University

From Genocide to Drought: Indigenous (Maya) Migration from and Deportation to Guatemala, 1980s to the Present


11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Panel 2

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Negotiating Colonialism

Chair: Sören Urbansky
Comments: Ian Halter & Maria Momzikova

Colton Brandau, University of California, Davis

“Curiosity Drove Us to Examine It More Closely”: Qikertarmiut Memories of Movement under Russian Colonialism, 1784-1851

Lea Kröner, Freie Universität Berlin

Mobility and Agency: Indigenous Missionaries on the North Pacific Coast during the Nineteenth Century


2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Coffee Break

Panel 3

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Fighting for Sovereignty

Chair: Akasemi Newsome
Comments: Chenxi Luo & Stefan Benz

Hillary MacKinlay, Georgetown University

Indigenous Actors, Imperial Politics, and the Birth of the Kingdom of Fiji, 1867–1871

Sandra Sánchez; Yale University

Deportation and Blood Quantum: Tribal Border Crossing Rights, 1928–1940


6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Workshop Dinner

Comal Restaurant

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Bayview Room, Eshleman Hall

Panel 4

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Connecting to the Homeland

Chair: Nino Vallen
Comments: Colton Brandau & Rachel Nolan

Chenxi Luo, Washington University, St. Louis

When Distance Turned into Disputes: Manchu Migration, Translocal Homeland, and Slavery-Related Disputes in Early Qing China, 1600–1722

Jorge Ramirez-Lopez, UCLA

How Indigenous Migrants from Southern Mexico Made Oaxacalifornia


10:45 a.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Coffee Break

Panel 5

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Indigenous Knowledge Producers

Chair: Holly Guise
Comments: Sandra Sánchez & Hillary MacKinlay

Ian Halter, University of Oregon

Shores of Knowledge, Waves of Ignorance: Settler Agnotologies and Alaska Natives’ (Epistemic) Mobilities, 1860 to 1897

Tamara Polyakova, University of Eastern Finland 

‘“Russian” Cold. Fighting for Karelia, 1918-22


12:45. – 2:00 p.m.



2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Storytelling Migration

Chair: Fabio Santos
Comments: Lea Kroener & Chechesh Kudachinova

Maria Momzikova, University of Tartu

How do Indigenous Myths represent Colonial Relations? Russian vs Nganasan Supernatural Beings in Nganasan Mythological Narratives

Stefan Benz, University of Bonn

(Re-)Negotiating Indigenous Presence and Arrival: Indigenous Hip Hop Claims the US American City

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Travel Day

4 a.m.

Meet in the Hotel Lobby; airport shuttle departs at 4:15 a.m.
Depart at 7 a.m. on Alaska Airlines AS1145; arrive Seattle 09:18 a.m.
Depart at 11:20 a.m. on Alaska Airlines AS0063; arrive Sitka at 12:45 p.m.
Transfer to Hotel with hotel shuttle
Check-in Hotel: Westmark


4:30 p.m.

Beak Restaurant, 2 Lincoln St, Sitka

Film Screening

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Indigenous Resistance: Now and Then

Dialogue with director of the film Joe Yates and Taylor Strelevitz from the Alaska Humanities Forum, and Sitka Native youth.

Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House (200 Katlian St., Sitka, AK 99835)

Thursday, September 21, 2023


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Wildflour Bakery , 327 Seward St., Sitka,

Museum visit

10:00 a.m.

Sitka Historical Society Museum

Gather in front of the hotel to walk to Sitka Historical Society Museum; tour starts at 10:30 a.m.


12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Sitka Pel’Meni

Museum Visit

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Sheldon Jackson Museum

Tour with Jacqueline Fernandez-Hamberg

City Tour

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Walking Tour with local guide Rebecca Poulson

Start at Sitka Historical Society Museum (in front of the library); Russian Bishop’s House, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Castle Hill


6 p.m.

Mangiare Restaurant, 118 Lincoln St, Sitka

Friday, September 22, 2023


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Speakers Room, Westmark Hotel


9.30 – 11:00 a.m.

Alaska Natives and the Fur Trade: Exchanges, Conservation strategies, and Mobilities
Talk by Ryan Jones

Speakers Room, Westmark Hotel

Bus Tour

11:20 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Birds, Bears, and Barnacles Tour

Visit to Raptor Center, Fortress of the Bear, and Sitka Sound Science Center

Walking Tour

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Sitka National Park

1 mile Totem Trail (Depending on conditions)


6 p.m.

Bayview Pub, 407 Lincoln St, Sitka

Saturday, September 23, 2023


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Wildflour Bakery , 327 Seward St., Sitka,

Travel to Seattle

10:45 a.m.

Hotel shuttle to Airport

1:14 p.m.

Flight to Seattle; arrival at 4:55 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

Check in Arctic Hotel


7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Closing Discussion

Polar Bar, Arctic Hotel

Sunday, September 24, 2023

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