Join Dr. Juliana Barr, associate professor of history at Duke University, Friday, July 13, 6 p.m. at Caddo Mounds. Dr. Barr will give a talk titled: "There’s No Such Thing as ‘Pre’-History: What Caddos, Cahokia, and the Continent’s Longue Durée can tell us about Colonial America”.
Abstract: Caddo responses first to the rise and fall of Cahokia and then to Spanish colonialism in the 16th and 17th reveal how the centuries of history generated by Native places and people must be reckoned with in order to understand the historical trajectories that they set in motion and that still reverberated in 1492, 1592, and 1692. Such a project involves putting potsherds and oral traditions on an equal playing field with archival documents. And, more critically, it involves a question of time. The key here is to see "colonial America" as a mid point, or late point, along a much longer continuum of North American history.There will be a reception and book signing hosted by the Friends of Caddo Mounds, inc.