Travellers through Empire: Indigenous Voyages from Early Canada

Event Date: 
Oct 15, 2017
Event Location: 
Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202
138 Union Street
Kingston , ON K7L 2P1

In celebration of University Press Week The Department of History, Queen’s University, and McGill-Queen’s University Press Present a public lecture by Cecilia Morgan based on her new book: Travellers through Empire:  Indigenous Voyages from Early Canada

November 15, 2017 - 5-8pm

Reception/book launch will follow.

Cecilia Morgan is professor of history at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

In the late eighteenth century and throughout the nineteenth century, an unprecedented number of Indigenous people - especially Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg, and Cree - travelled to Britain and other parts of the world. Who were these transatlantic travellers, where were they going, and what were they hoping to find?

Travellers through Empire unearths the stories of Indigenous peoples including Mississauga Methodist missionary and Ojibwa chief Reverend Peter Jones, the Scots-Cherokee officer and interpreter John Norton, Catherine Sutton, a Mississauga woman who advocated for her people with Queen Victoria, E. Pauline Johnson, the Mohawk poet and performer, and many others. Cecilia Morgan retraces their voyages from Ontario and the northwest fur trade and details their efforts overseas, which included political negotiations with the Crown, raising funds for missionary work, receiving an education, giving readings and performances, and teaching international audiences about Indigenous cultures. As they travelled, these remarkable individuals forged new families and friendships and left behind newspaper interviews, travelogues, letters, and diaries that provide insights into their cross-cultural encounters.

Chronicling the emotional ties, contexts, and desires for agency, resistance, and negotiation that determined their diverse experiences, Travellers through Empire provides surprising vantage points on First Nations travels and representations in the heart of the British Empire.

University Press Week, established in 2012, highlights the extraordinary work of non-profit scholarly publishers and their many contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society. #LookItUP   #ReadUP

McGill-Queen’s University Press, established in 1960, is a joint venture of Queen's University and McGill University. MQUP is both a specialist in the Canadian perspective and a publisher of international themes, attracting attention from the New York Times to the Globe & Mail.

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