Beyond the Spectacle: Native North American Presence in Britain

Lead Research Organisation: University of Kent
Department Name: Sch of English

Abstract

2017 marks the 400-year anniversary of the death in 1617 of Pocahontas, a woman with strong localized connections in both Kent and Norfolk, and whose short stay in Britain and death in Gravesend symbolize both a hope for Native-British relations and its tragic curtailment. Conflict over resources and general mistrust in the Virginia colony would escalate in the years following her death. Three short years later, the Massachusetts Bay colony would be established, again dependent on the possibility of good relationships with the Native population of the northeast coast. These two significant anniversaries-their meaning for British and Native communities now as well as their historical detail-frame the timeline of this project, and give urgent impetus to reflect on the legacy and impact of Britain's colonial history, its relationship with Native North America, and the political, cultural, and economic significance of Native transatlantic mobility-to both British and Native communities. In so doing, we provide a lens for the further consideration of migration and displacement, the historic and ongoing development of globalization, and questions of nationhood and belonging.

Our research, principally managed by two senior specialists in Native American Studies-Stirrup and Fear-Segal-will follow three key phases:

1. beginning with the examination of known scholarship and the combing of established archives in the UK and in key locations in the US and Canada;
2. pursuing new archival possibilities uncovered during phase one in order to recover detail that is, perhaps, more intimately local to travellers' stays in particular places;
3. making use of a variety of means, including crowdsourcing, calls for submission of materials, and oral history, to locate and document highly localised tales, memories, family legends, and, where possible, photographs and other artefacts, pertaining to Native presence in and travel through Britain.

In undertaking this work we will identify gaps in the narrative as well as more fully map out the routes and networks that move beyond London, rendering partial narratives complete. Four core projects undertaken by each member of the research team will identify and explore particular groups and purposes of travel that will enable us to build a comprehensive narrative through manageable and discrete programmes of research.

In addition to the more conventional academic outputs for such work-conference papers, journal articles, a co-authored book, blog posts, and our own conference on Native presence in and travel to Europe-we plan methods of interpretation and dissemination that emphasise community involvement and that ensure public accessibility. The project will incorporate:
- a series of artist residencies for Native visual, verbal, and musical artists to work for short but sustained periods in the UK with school and community groups (in Canterbury's Beaney Gallery or Studio 3, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art in Norwich, Bristol's Rainmaker Gallery, and Salford (TBC)). Through workshops, these residencies will develop artworks that will then be exhibited in various locations and, where feasible, online. The musical residency, through collaboration with the Voice Project, will result in a choral piece for performance by community choirs in Norfolk and Kent in the first instance.
- Similarly, we will collaborate with the theatrical charity Border Crossings on the 2019 'Origins: Festival of First Nations', both to focus that event on the concerns of this project and to facilitate outreach.
- We will also engage the British Library's Regional Libraries Network in order to further disseminate findings in British locales relevant to those materials.
- All of this work will be visually documented and disseminated via our website, online mapping and visualisation technology, giving online life to the hidden archive and ensuring the broadest possible access both in the UK and North America.

Planned Impact

There are a number of key constituencies who will benefit from this research:

1) The public/publics: There is an abiding fascination in the British imagination for a particular kind of "Indian". Whether a residue of Empire, a construction of the more recent "spectacular West," which has its feet firmly planted in the Wild West shows of the turn of the 20th century, or both, this "Indian" recurs with surprising frequency in British culture. That (usually) "he" does so often without notice attests to "his" ubiquity, but also to the ongoing invisibility of Native presence in Britain. This project will tackle the misperceptions and absences associated with this figure by comprehensively mapping the long heritage of Native travellers to and expatriates in Britain, and by bringing to the foreground the ongoing, culturally diverse nature of British-Native North American relationships. The public (or publics) will be engaged through public workshops, performance and exhibition, and online resources.

2) Artists / Arts Organisations: The project incorporates four residencies, offered to Native artists working in visual, performing, and musical media. These will provide unique opportunities for these artists to spend a period of time (1 month) in the UK, where they will engage with public and school groups through workshops and spend time with the core research team and our findings to explore local/regional stories of particular interest and/or significance to them. Where appropriate, they will collaborate with other British arts organisations (such as choirs in East Anglia and Kent, for instance), enhancing the cultural experience of those groups and their audiences. Resultant artworks will be performed/exhibited in Britain, documented for online exhibition, and, where possible, made available for exhibition at a later date in home countries/communities.

3) Native communities: Besides the potential benefit above, this project will forge connections based on known narratives that will enable communities to develop their own knowledge and understanding of ancestral journeys. This will be done partly by making as much of the archive available digitally, through online exhibition and datasets, GISmapping technology, and dynamic, visual interpretations of travel stories. Through individuals such as Stephanie Pratt (Crow Creek Dakota), Steve Coen (Salford) and other contacts we will also forge connections with Native groups traveling to the UK now for the purposes of educational, diplomatic, artistic, and commercial exchange. Understanding both the historic connections that enable such links, and the ways in which British organisations, both public and private, are able to facilitate them, may have profound positive impacts for Native communities in the US and Canada.

4) Tourism / Heritage: Such links are of course also of value to towns and cities where such connections are strong. Canterbury, Heacham (Norfolk), Salford and Manchester are excellent examples of where local heritage has embraced that history of Native presence and mutual exchange, and this project will look for ways of developing tourism and heritage. We will do this directly-through exhibitions, for example-and indirectly, through connecting localities with their hidden histories.

5) Policymakers: Our proposed learning modules for keystages 3-5 will enhance current teaching in areas such as the American West (History), while also developing strands for both History and Geography of (Post)Imperial Britain. Modules will also make available teaching resources in Literature, and Fine and Performing Arts related to the cultural material and histories this project engages. It will also enable us to build up a more comprehensive picture of British relationships with and obligations to Native communities, dating back to the colonial era, than has yet been achieved, which we will formally report on with regard to British policy on Indigenous Rights.

Publications

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Title 'View of the River Thames, London, England with Clyde the Big Red Indian' 
Description 'View of the River Thames, London, England with Clyde the Big Red Indian' by Mucogee Creek artist Bobby C. Martin is a digital rendition of a screenprinted image donated to the project by the artist. It is the result of collaboration with Bobby, who will feature further in project outputs as we discuss with him his experiences of working in the UK/Europe. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The image has become our website banner and main publicity image. It is too early to comment on impact, but this will be updated in the next report. 
 
Title Marla Allison - Painter from the Desert 
Description Marla Allison's solo show at Rainmaker Gallery was a direct result of her BtS residency in Bristol. There were roughly original 16 paintings on display, roughly half of which were painted during the residency. Of these, three went into private collections during the exhibition and we have applied to the Art Fund to keep another in a public collection in the UK. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact This exhibition, tied to the residency and symposium, was the best attended of Rainmaker's shows. A significant number of people fed back to us on the day that they had learned a lot about Native art, contemporary Native life, and that it had changed their understanding of that history. 
URL https://www.rainmakerart.co.uk/marla-allison-painter-desert/
 
Description At this stage it is still premature to track impact of specific findings, but there are some impacts generated by our work more generally that can be reported on here. They are as follows: 1. In Salford, the work we are undertaking (researching various visits by Native travellers) has led in particular to our involvement with the restoration of the Salford totem pole. This project involves the 'Namgis community in Alert Bay, Victoria Island, British Columbia; the Salford and Greater Manchester public; and collaboration with both local council and private industry. Investment by Fortis Construction of £30,000 is enabling the restoration and relocation of the pole very close to where it originally stood; in turn, it is making a hugely symbolic contribution to their multimillion pound mixed-residential redevelopment of a stretch of the Salford Quays, which in turn enhances the economic prospects of this area. Other economic beneficiaries are the three 'Namgis carvers who we have commissioned to complete the restoration work. A significant secondary outcome of this will be the contribution to tourism that the pole will generate. At a societal level, we have already undertaken educational work in Salford, which will be enhanced by freely available educational packs related to the pole, Salford's history of Indigenous visitors, and the history of those visitors and their nations. In addition, this makes a very important contribution to the recognition and preservation of an aspect of Salford's industrial heritage. Aspects of this are being taken up by a third party filmmaker. 2. Our research is being used by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to locate artefacts left by their ancestors in the 18th century. This work will, in turn, lead to the production of educational materials that will provide both cultural and societal benefit. 3. Various individuals and institutions, such as John Moses (Mohawk), Chris Andersen (Metis), and the Museum of Canada in Ottawa have reached out to us for assistance in their own research projects. In the first two cases these focus on WW1 soldiers in the UK, while the latter relates to the mobility of Indigenous Canadians worldwide. We are thus providing research to independent researchers, scholars, and institutions with public remits. 4. LeAndra Nephin, a Derby-based Omaha woman, reached out to us at the beginning of the project for collaboration. As a result we invited her to join our board. She has since initiated a new podcast series titled "A Native Abroad", wherein she has invited David Stirrup (PI) to co-host regular discussions with other individuals from across North America to discuss both the experience of being a Native American in Britain and the current issues being faced in Indian Country. This podcast, entirely LeAndra's idea inspired by the work we are doing, will have an educational remit for both the UK and the Native communities across North America that engage with us. 5. The residency, symposium, and exhibition at the heart of our collaborations in Bristol led to multiple impacts in terms of education, the generation of new artwork, the introduction of public audiences to Native American art, and economic impacts for both the gallery and the artist. 6. Our museums project, focused on accessibility of Indigenous visitors to relevant collections, required the buy-in of museums. Although we can not yet measure it, we expect impact from this that influences museum policy and practice.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Retail
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Oral history training
Amount £250 (GBP)
Organisation University of East Anglia 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 04/2018
 
Description Oral history training
Amount £115 (GBP)
Organisation University of Kent 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 04/2018
 
Description Outreach Award - Canada-UK Foundation
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Canada-UK Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2018 
End 08/2020
 
Description Research in Pictures
Amount £700 (GBP)
Funding ID Research in Pictures 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 01/2019
 
Title Archival mapping resource 
Description We have conducted a significant scoping exercise of archives identified in our application, documenting collections, locating new holdings, and recording the full spread of archives related to Native journeys to the UK. Archives include the Glenbow archives in Calgary, McMaster University Archives, Victoria University Archives, Archives of Ontario, Libraries and Archives Canada, Bay of Quinte Mohawk tribal archives, the Public Records Office, Manchester City Library, the John Rylands Library, the British Newspaper Archives, the London Metropolitan Archives, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the British Museum, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Royal Albert Hall Memorial Museum, Birmingham City Archives, and Cumbria Archive Centre. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None as yet. The publicly accessible database will be available through our website by the end of the project. 
 
Title Indigenous Bristol Walking Tour 
Description This is a small database powering a pocketSights walking tour available online and as a phone app. 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We are still gathering data on usage of the app and will report in due course. 
URL https://pocketsights.com/tours/tour/Bristol-Indigenous-Bristol-Copy-2355
 
Title Indigenous London Story Map 1 
Description An ESRI story map designed to recreate online the first of three story maps at the back of Co-I Coll Thrush's book Indigenous London. 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact It is too early - this has literally just been published - but we anticipate use by both users interested in the history of London and users interested in Indigenous travel. 
URL http://arcg.is/ynHS1
 
Title Oral History archive 
Description Our ongoing oral history project currently contains 25 oral history recordings: Marissa Pacheco (Sioux) Yve Chavez (Tongva) Marla Allison & Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo) Mea Christie (Tongva) Sierra Tasi Baker x 2 (Kwakwaka'wakw) Nadia Myre (Anishinaabe) Bruce Alfred (Kwakwaka'wakw) Kevin Cranmer (Kwakwaka'wakw) Bill Cranmer (Kwakwaka'wakw) Lloyd Arneach, Joh (Bullet) Standingdeer, Jarrett Wildcat, Dawn Arneach, Charles Rhodarmer, Tighe Wachacha, Nikki Crisp, Mike Crowe (Cherokee) Kimonee Burke (Narragansett) Danielle Baca (Ute & Chiricahua Apache descent) Aay Aay Hans (Haida) Bear Witness (Mohawk) Ed Farnham (Tuscarora) Scott Badenoch (Ho-Chunk) Scott Momaday (Kiowa) x 2 Vonda K Schuld (Nez Perce) Group interview in Hemel Hempstead with 4 Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians: Fay Tierl; Mary Jane Kenton; Lois Dunstan; Lisa Taylor Individual interview with Lisa Taylor (EBCI) LeAndra Nephin (Omaha) x 3 (in longer series) 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Our oral history collections will be publicly accessible and provide a range of experiences of Indigenous presence in the UK, from both British and Native North American participants. It will offer a valuable insight into that personal experience and will contribute to the forming and maintaining of transatlantic networks. 
 
Title Visitor mapping resource 
Description This is a comprehensive database of Native North American visitors to the UK since first contact to the present day. The database is divided by both year and topic/type of visit and will form the basis of our dynamic digital mapping. It is not yet published, but should become accessible publicly within the next six months. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None as yet, but we anticipate the first iteration of the map producing significant returns for our crowdsourcing programme. 
 
Description 'Indigenous Art in Britain' symposium 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We held a symposium at the University of Bristol on June 6-7th 2018. This was directly linked to our artist residency in Bristol and our partnership with the Rainmaker Gallery. The day involved 5 academic speakers, a roundtable with 7 Indigenous artists, a talk by Rainmaker Gallery Director Joanne Prince, and a keynote address by the artist, Marla Allison. It was followed by the preview of Marla's show at Rainmaker.
Collaborator Contribution Bristol University donated two rooms for the hosting of the symposium along with AV and tech support.
Impact The symposium was attended by a mixture of academics and members of the public - over 60 in total.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Bristol artist residency - Marla Allison 
Organisation Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
PI Contribution We brought Laguna Pueblo artist Marla Allison to Bristol for a one-month residency, after which her work was exhibited at the Rainmaker Gallery for three months. In addition we ran a workshop at the museum in collaboration with Marla and museum staff for local home-schooled children.
Collaborator Contribution The Museum provided workspace for Marla, offsetting the costs of hiring a studio. In addition they provided assistance and publicity, as well as space, for the workshop.
Impact The artworks produced by Marla.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Bristol residency 
Organisation Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
PI Contribution We are bringing a Pueblo artist to the museum for the duration of her residency (1 month), and we will be holding schools workshops on site.
Collaborator Contribution Bristol City Museum are donating studio space to our resident artist, as well as facilitating schools workshops in May-June 2018.
Impact We will report on outcomes in the next report.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Rainmaker Gallery - exhibition 
Organisation Rainmaker Gallery
PI Contribution The residency of Laguna Pueblo artist Marla Allison in Bristol enabled this exhibition to happen. Marla responded in her art to her experience of Bristol, to trips to London and Wales facilitated by the PI and one RA, and to research materials supplied by the research team. We then collaborated with Rainmaker to produce and distribute publicity, tying the exhibition opening in with our symposium at the University of Bristol. The opening was the best attended at the gallery's current site.
Collaborator Contribution Rainmaker Gallery, directed by Joanne Prince, selected the artist, provided the gallery space, advised on facilities in Bristol, and prepared and hung the exhibition. All administrative aspects of the exhibition itself were completed by Joanne.
Impact 5 original artworks (paintings). One interview.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Salford Totem Pole 
Organisation Salford City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are working closely with Salford City Council, and particularly Councillor Stephen Coen, to restore and re-install the totem pole carved for Manchester Liners by Doug Cranmer in 1969. We are doing research, creating a website documenting the history of the pole and its significance to Salford, participating in events, and jointly hosting 'Namgis carvers doing the restoration work.
Collaborator Contribution Facilitating with new collaborations with Fortis construction and Salford University. Assisting with the locating of information and images. Providing additional money to assist in the visits of 'Namgis carvers.
Impact A new website (not yet published); a public event to inform Salford residents about the restoration.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Salford totem pole public event 
Organisation University of Salford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We organised and hosted a talk at the University of Salford in August 2018 to celebrate the arrival of the 'Namgis carvers and inform a public audience about their work.
Collaborator Contribution They provided us with the room, AV, and tech support.
Impact The talk and the pole website (not yet published).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Antiques Roadshow - Salford Totem Pole 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The AR filming occurred in August 2018 in Salford Quays plaza, Salford. Although project members were present, we left the actual filming to the 'Namgis visitors. The episode is due to go out some time in 2019. Two thousand people saw the pole on the day, many of them taking away leaflets about the pole and the BtS project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Authenticity and Ethnodrama: Exporting Native American Identity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited Lecture, Global History and Culture Centre, University of Warwick, 13th March 2019 by project RA, Jack Davy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC NorthWest news coverage of the Salford Totem Pole 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a 3-minute segment on peak-time BBC North West news. The interview, conducted in the plaza outside the BBC buildings where the pole was in situ for an Antiques Roadshow recording, involved Bill and Kevin Cranmer, Bruce Alfred (all 'Namgis) and PI David Stirrup. This generated many questions from the public and caused several dozen people to come down to the plaza the next day for the AR filming.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/beyondthespectacle/videos/258904068284768/
 
Description Beyond the Spectacle: Indigenous-Scottish Relations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a talk by the PI about the project's engagement with Scotland to a public audience at Edinburgh City Library. The intention was to introduce a new audience to a variety of Scottish stories. The audience of 40+ engaged with the stories and many requested further information. One group, members of a local women's history group called the Bonnie Fechters committed to following the project and conducting their own research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Beyond the Spectacle: Native North American Presence in Britain 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project PI gave a talk under this title to the Sandwich Women's Institute and local History Society. The local WI threw it open to regional groups and the audience of 40+ reflected that. There was considerable interest, many suggestions that the talk made them think differently about this history and contemporary Native peoples, and many requests for further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Beyond the Spectacle: Project Overview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 23rd March 2018, PI gave a talk to the Native American Literature Symposium in Minneapolis on the overarching aims of the project. The audience of 50+ expressed interest in hearing more as the project developed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description In search of the ancestors: Native American presences in British museums 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 4th annual Mayflower Lecture, University of Plymouth, 14th November 2018 given by RA Jack Davy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Indigenous Art in Britain symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Kent-based RA organised and hosted a one-day symposium held at the University of Bristol. The audience was a mixed audience of academic and general public. Speakers were also a mix of academics and artist practitioners. Many participants expressed greater understanding of the subject afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Indigenous London and Beyond the Spectacle - Benjamin Franklin House, London - Coll Thrush 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public talk by our International Co-I., April 2010.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Indigenous London and Beyond the Spectacle - CU. Boulder - Coll Thrush 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public talk by our International Co-I., March 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Indigenous London and Beyond the Spectacle - Courtauld Institute, London - Coll Thrush 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A public talk by our International Co-I., December 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Indigenous London and Beyond the Spectacle - Institute for Historical Research, London - Coll Thrush 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A public talk by our International Co-I., April 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Indigenous London and Beyond the Spectacle - Northern Illinois U - Coll Thrush 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public talk by our International Co-I., February 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Indigenous London and Beyond the Spectacle - U of Southern California - Coll Thrush 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public talk by our International Co-I., October 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Indigenous London and Beyond the Spectacle - University of New Mexico - Coll Thrush 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public talk by our International Co-I., April 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Indigenous London and Beyond the Spectacle - University of Virginia - Coll Thrush 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public talk by our International Co-I., April 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Instagram 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our Instagram account is brand new and is being generated for us by David Parent, a Research Assistant at the University of Alberta. The focus of the account is on contemporary Native business and politics. It is too early to have data on engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interview for regional news 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Short interview on KMTV (Kent Messenger) with PI about the project, including programmes own short video on known Kent-based stories. This was intended to raise awareness about the project and to trigger crowdsourcing for further stories. We have received a number of approaches via our website with people wanting to share information as a direct result of this segment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kmtv/video/university-of-kent-researcher-tells-history-of-native-america...
 
Description Interview with Marla Allison 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview by Stephanie Boxall with Marla Allison about her work and residency in Bristol. "Going with the Flow" is hosted on the Rainmaker Gallery website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.rainmakerart.co.uk/going-with-the-flow/
 
Description Iroquois Lacrosse teams in Britiain: a pretty game to watch or a diplomatic tool? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 12 December 2018 - PI gave the annual Canadian Studies lecture at the University of Nottingham to a group of 30+ undergraduate students and a handful of postgraduates and staff, with some members of the public in attendance. One undergraduate asked for more information afterwards and indicated that she was hoping to conduct her own research on this topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description London New Year's Day Parade with Warriors of Akitawha, Eastern Band of Cherokee 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact (1) A member of the Research Team accompanied a visiting delegation of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, led by the Cherokee Warriors of AniKituhwa, during their participation in London's New Year's Day Parade. (2) The photographs of the day, taken by a AHRC "Research in Pictures" photographer, were then shared with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian for their displays and research. They will also be used in an exhibition at the British Library, "Beyond the spectacle:Cherokee in the Heart of Empire". (3) The Research Team hosted a research day for the visiting Cherokee delegation at a British Museum storage facility. Cherokee items owned by the Museum and of interest to the delegation had been previously ordered, pulled, and placed on display for examination by the group. (4) The Research Team then led the group on a guided tour of the North American galleries of the British Museum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Magazine interview - BBC magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PI was interviewed by BBC History magazine about the scope and nature of the project. This was intended for general publicity, in the hopes of garnering interest from those who may have stories to share. We have been approached via the project website by several people keen to share little bits of knowledge, including a school teacher on the Isle of Man and a researcher in Scotland with whom we are now working.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Press releases (3) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact So far we have issued three press releases - one introducing the project, one aimed specifically at Manchester area audiences, and one for the North American market. The primary reasons for these press releases was to raise the profile of the project and to actively seek participants with stories. We have received a number of approaches as a result, all of which are in an early stage and will be reported on as they develop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Project blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project blog is active, releasing regular articles (34 to date) by project members and affiliates about both specific stories and the research process itself. This is designed to disseminate elements of our findings; to raise general awareness of the project; to build audience; and to garner interest from those who may have stories to share. We are receiving approaches from members of the public with things to share as a result of these blogposts. We are currently unable to access statistical data for the blog, but we will update on viewing figures in the next report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/bts/
 
Description Project facebook page 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project has established a dedicated facebook page, very much in its early stages, through which we are currently simply disseminating links to the blog. We plan to develop the scope of this page as specific stories develop, most importantly as a means through which contributors can share their stories.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/beyondthespectacle/
 
Description Project website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We have established a project website, which carries information about forthcoming events, news, project members, and links to the blog. It also carries acknowledgements of contributions by partners and affiliates, as well as outreach information. Clearly it is still in development at this early stage, but it is a useful resource for keeping the public abreast of developments. It will also provide the gateway to our digital mapping outputs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/beyondthespectacle/
 
Description Salford Totem Pole 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The PI along with three 'Namgis representatives - Chief Bill Cranmer, Kevin Cranmer, and Bruce Alfred - gave talks to a public audience at the University of Salford about the history and future of the Doug Cranmer totem pole, the history of Native presence in Salford, and the history of the 'Namgis. Audience members expressed interest in being kept up to date about the pole's progress and indicated that they had new insight into the relationship between the 'Namgis and the Canadian government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Think Kent talk - Beyond the Spectacle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A video lecture made for the University of Kent's Think Kent series. Currently it has been viewed 149 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Twitter feed 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project has a dedicated twitter feed, focused on disseminating information about the project and building profile. Three of the five core members of the project use their own twitter feeds to further spread this information. We are steadily building profile through social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://twitter.com/beyondthespec?lang=en
 
Description Twitter feed 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our Twitter feed is very active, both through the Beyond the Spectacle feed and through project members' own accounts. We have recorded figures of over 3000 engagements and over 34000 impressions for tweets on, for instance, Native soldiers in WW1.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019