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AntiquiTEA explores U.S. military conflict with Native Americans

Emory Report | Nov. 30, 2015

Get a perspective on U.S. military conflict with indigenous peoples through a 1920 drawing depicting the Battle of Little Big Horn at AntiquiTEA on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Reception Hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

The drawing is part of “Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection,” currently on view at the Carlos Museum through Jan. 3.

Michael Elliott, executive associate dean of Emory College, discusses the contested legacy of this large ink drawing by Standing Bear as attendees enjoy afternoon tea and scones. Elliott is author of “Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer.”

“Since the defeat of Custer in 1876, the Battle of the Little Bighorn has been an important nexus for the way that Americans understand the history of military conflict between the United States and its indigenous peoples, and American Indians have turned to its symbolic power in a variety of expressive forms,” he says.

“In this talk, I will discuss how Standing Bear's drawing of the Battle of the Little Bighorn is part of this larger history of Native American engagement with the legacy of the Indian Wars,” Elliott explains.

The talk is free and open to the public. AntiquiTEA is a series of programs featuring talks on works in the collection of the Carlos Museum or on view in a current exhibition at the museum.