HumanNature Series: American Dreaming is Indigenous Elimination

Event Name
HumanNature Series: American Dreaming is Indigenous Elimination
23 August 2018
06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

Address (Room): Hallstrom Theatre, Australian Museum


Kim TallBear reviews the narratives of nature – especially a sharp division between ‘nature’ and ‘culture’– that have been central to building and maintaining US empire, portraying Natives as the less-evolved children of nature in need of elimination through massacre or assimilation. Narratives of American exceptionalism also drive dominant stories the US tells about itself. These narratives justify commanding “natural resources”— not only Indigenous lands and waters, but also Indigenous biologicals and the bodies of our nonhuman relatives. These narratives of nature and nation continue to justify nation-building visions across the American political spectrum. In this talk, TallBear highlights how American dreaming in any form, including anti-racist moves of the present, are irredeemably co-constituted with the doctrine of inevitable Indigenous elimination.

  • 6.00 pm: Welcome drink & refreshments
  • 6.30 pm: Talk and Q&A

Admission: $16 AM member / $20 Adult / $18 Concession

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Staff and students from Western Sydney University, the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, the University of Sydney are eligible for discounted tickets. Email our office via for your discount code.

Speakers: Associate Professor Kim TallBear (University of Alberta)

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Name: Juan Francisco Salazar

School / Department: Institiute for Culture and Society