Historian Peter Nabokov will visit Salt Lake to read from and discuss his new book “How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family” Mr. Nabokov is one of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies authors for the 2015 Utah Humanities Book Festival. This event will take place in the auditorium of the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building (CTIHB) on the University of Utah Campus.
Born in 1861 in New Mexico’s Acoma Pueblo, Edward Proctor Hunt lived a tribal life almost unchanged for centuries. But after attending government schools he broke with his people’s ancient codes to become a shopkeeper and controversial broker between Indian and white worlds. As a Wild West Show Indian he travelled in Europe with his family, and saw his sons become silversmiths, painters, and consultants on Indian Lore. In 1928, in a life-culminating experience, he recited his version of the origin myth of Acoma Pueblo to Smithsonian Institution scholars.
Nabokov narrates the fascinating story of Hunt’s life within a multicultural and historical context. Chronicling Pueblo Indian life and Anglo/Indian relations over the last century and a half, he explores how this entrepreneurial family capitalized on the nation’s passion for Indian culture. In this rich book, Nabokov dramatizes how the Hunts, like immigrants throughout history, faced anguishing decisions over staying put or striking out for economic independence, and experienced the pivotal passage from tradition to modernity.
Peter Nabokov is professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. His previous books include A Forest of Time, Native American Testimony, Native American Architecture (with Robert Easton), Indian Running, Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior, and Architecture of Acoma Pueblo.
This event is made possible through the support of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and Utah Humanities.
NOTE: Free visitor parking will be available in the lot southeast of the CTIHB building.