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Elliott West, Distinguished Professor, University of Arkansas


No part of the nation can teach us more about the continent’s deep past, about the mix and conflicts of its many cultures, and especially the history of Indian peoples than the American Southwest. Focusing on New Mexico’s Rio Grande valley, this seminar will begin with the origins of American Indians and the rise and fall of great civilizations centuries before the arrival of Europeans. Spanish exploration and settlement set loose profound changes, not only the tensions, oppressions, and losses of colonization but also the blossoming of new centers of Indian power. Mexican independence and the US victory in the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848 began yet another phase in this long story, with the arrival of still more new influences, from cowboys and miners to farmers and townbuilders. Throughout it all, including the final military conquest of Indians and a long official effort to suppress their ways of life, native cultures survived and evolved. Our seminar will include guest speakers, visits to historical sites and a unique perspective on Indian cultures through a partnership with Santa Fe’s American Indian Art Institute.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Please check back soon for a list of readings.

Travel & Accommodations

Santa Fe is located on I-25. In addition, US Route 84 and US Route 285 pass through the city along St. Francis Drive.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is located about ten miles from the Santa Fe Municipal Airport and about an hour away from Albuquerque International Sunport. Taxi and shuttle services are available.

New Mexico Rail Runner Express also serves the Santa Fe area.

Workshop participants will be housed in on-campus residence halls. Participants will have single bedrooms but will share bathrooms and common space on each floor. IAIA provides basic bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring a cell phone, fan, shower shoes, alarm clock, shampoo, hangers, iron, hair dryer, etc. Many participants choose to bring laptops and ethernet cords.


Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Travel Reimbursement

Each summer seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar.

Participants traveling internationally or from Alaska and Hawaii receive a $500 stipend in lieu of reimbursement upon completion of the seminar. Applicants to seminars should note that supplements will not be given in cases where the $400 allowance is insufficient to cover all travel expenses. Our reimbursement policy has changed from previous years. For more information on our policy click here.

Graduate Credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

July 7th, 2013 5:00 PM   through   July 13th, 2013 12:00 AM
Institute of American Indian Arts
Santa Fe, NM
United States

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Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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