Archaeology Seminar Series: Professor Matthew Liebmann (Harvard Anthro)


Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Zoom - invitation only



Debates regarding the magnitude, tempo, and ecological effects of Native American population decline between 1492-1900 constitute some of the most contentious issues in Indigenous studies. Was depopulation rapid and catastrophic, with effects extensive enough to change even the earth’s atmosphere? Or was this decline more moderate, with numbers of Native Americans waning slowly after European colonization? The results of recent collaborative research among archaeologists, dendrochronologists, and tribal members from the Pueblo of Jemez in northern New Mexico present unanticipated results, with consequences that extend beyond the borders of the American Southwest to anthropological studies of colonialism more generally.

revised title: "Stalked by the 'Refuse Wind': Colonialism, Disease, and Demography in the Pueblo Southwest, 1540 - 2020", to discuss further, the current experience of COVID-19 for the indigenous peoples of New Mexico.