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April Speaker Series Educational Program

Heca Utimile/Our Land: Crafting an Indigenous History of Northeast Florida

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to reserve your seat!

Denise I. Bossy is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Florida. She received her Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. from Yale University, and her B.A. from Princeton University. She specializes in local history, especially cross-cultural relations between American Indians, Europeans, and Africans in early Florida and the Southeast. She is the prize-winning author of many articles and book chapters, the editor of The Yamasee Indians: From Florida to South Carolina (published in 2018 by the University of Nebraska Press), and her research has been supported by numerous institutions including the National Endowment for the Humanities and UNF. Her current book projects include The Yamasee Indians: A New History of the Early South, and Heca Utimile/Our Land: The Indigenous History of Northeast Florida, which she is co-authoring with Dr. Keith Ashley.

Keith Ashley is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida. His current research focuses on the indigenous peoples and histories of southeastern North America, particularly Florida. Presently, he is exploring the involvement of St. Johns fisher-hunter-gatherers in the broader world of farmers throughout the Southeast during the tenth through thirteenth centuries CE. He is also researching the 16th and 17th century social landscape of the indigenous Mocama-speaking Timucua of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia. He is actively involved in archaeological excavations with UNF students throughout northeastern Florida.

The program will be recorded for use on our YouTube channel. Please note that you will be muted and your camera stopped upon entry into the program to ensure there are no interruptions in the recording. Please use the Chat room for comments or questions. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Thank you for your interest in the Jacksonville Historical Society’s Speaker Series programs.


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