Mason Vision Series to feature Gabrielle Tayac: Living Native American Histories Across Generations

The next installment of the Mason Vision Series will be held from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 20, and feature Gabrielle Tayac, historian and activist scholar, who will discuss Living Native American Histories Across Generations.Native America holds histories encompassing millions of people, spanning thousands of years, and shaping present-day societies. Too often rendered exotically remote and stereotyped in popular presentations, accessing indigenous realities can require unlearning as a prerequisite to learning. Creating a dynamic applied approach to methodologies uplifting community-based Native knowledge holders as partners in scholarship, Dr. Gabrielle Tayac engages with research to link public understandings with indigenous voiced teachings. This work also minds the interests and reciprocities that American Indian communities seek to protect and restore knowledge disrupted through centuries-long colonial policies. In her presentation, Dr. Tayac will consider acknowledgment, right relationship, and the ways that Mason is at the forefront of developing public history as a community-engaged scholarly practice.

The Mason Vision Series is a forum for Mason researchers and scholars to share the frontiers of their scholarship in an accessible style that inspires lively discussion among students, faculty, staff, and the wider reaches of the community. It will be live streamed through GMU-TV; participants will have the opportunity to engage in the discussion by submitting questions via email ( or Twitter by using #VisionSeriesMason.