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The Americanist Speaker Series presents: Christopher B. Teuton

“Writing and Editing in a Cherokee Cultural Context: A Backstory of Cherokee Stories of Turtle Island Liars’ Club

Date: Thursday, February 28

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Home of Priscilla Wald and Joe Donahue, 2605 McDowell Rd., Durham NC 27705

Refreshments provided.


Dr. Christopher B. Teuton is Associate Professor of American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.  A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Dr. Teuton teaches Indigenous Textual and Cultural Studies within the American Indian Studies curriculum of the American Studies Department.  Dr. Teuton’s scholarship is in the forefront of developing Indigenous research methodologies within the study of Indigenous literature


Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club (University of North Carolina Press, 2012) is the first collection of ethnographically recorded Western Cherokee oral traditional stories published in over forty years. In this talk, Dr. Christopher Teuton (Cherokee Nation) describes the textual and cultural politics he and the four Cherokee elders who comprise the Turtle Island Liars’ Club negotiated as they recorded, wrote, and edited this important contribution to Cherokee cultural knowledge.

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