Indian summer at the Václav Havel Library
- Where: Trutnov Open Air Festival
- When: August 15, 2014, 17:00 – August 16, 2014, 11:45
Three lectures about Indians at the Trutnov festival: The Sand Creek Massacre and the Cheyenne today; Indigenous Peoples – how they are defined from various angle; Pan-Indianism in contemporary Andean neo-folk music.
The Sand Creek Massacre and the Cheyenne today
One hundred and 50 years ago, on 29 November 1864, over 100 Cheyenne men, women and children were gunned down by American soldiers. What actually happened at what some call the Battle of Sand Creek and some the Sand Creek Massacre? Why did it come to pass? What preceded it and what consequences did it have? And who were the Cheyenne Indians who camped at Sand Creek on that fateful day? What happened to them and what are their lives like today? These questions will be answered by Martin Heřmanský, a socio-cultural anthropologist from the Faculty of Humanitarian Studies at Charles University, while the lecture will be supplemented by a recital of the poems of Lance Henson translated into Czech.
The lecture will take place in the Underground tent on Friday 15/8 at 17.00.
Indigenous Peoples – how they are defined from various angles
Indians are, and frequently present themselves as, the original inhabitants of the world. In the world, more than 5,000 groups of indigenous and aboriginal inhabitants numbering 350,000,000 live in 70 countries. Who are these peoples, variously classified as indigenous peoples, native people, aboriginals, First Nations, the Fourth World? Where do international law and international conventions (e.g., the International Labour Organisation – Convention 107, Convention 169) and the international Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples stand as regards the definition and status of groups of people labelled “indigenous”? What influence do non-profit organisations have in the formation of this common identity? And also members of the dominant society, who frequently look to indigenous peoples as a source of alternative life-styles?
This subject will be discussed by Lívia Šavelková from the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Pardubice.
The lecture will take place in the Václav Havel Library tent on Saturday 16/8 at 10.00.
Pan-Indianism in contemporary Andean neo-folk music
The music of Andean Indians was frequently to be heard in Czech cities during the 1990s. At the turn of the new millennium, musicians from Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, adorned in colourful ponchos and playing traditional instruments, gradually began to disappear from streets and squares. However, Indian music has reappeared around the Czech Republic, this time as performed by “North American” Indians. Where did these Indians come from? What have they got in common with Andean musicians? What links North American and South American Indians? And what influence does music have in the Indian revival in South America?
These and other questions will be answered by Jana Jetmarová from the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Pardubice.
The lecture will take place in the Václav Havel Library tent on Saturday 16/8 at 11.00.