The College of Charleston is celebrating Native American History Month (November) with the second annual “Realities, Misconceptions, & Stereotypes About Native American Indians & Their Histories.” The presentation, discussion and light brunch will be on November 9, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. in the Stern Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Associate history professor and Native American expert Chris Boucher will facilitate the discussion that will focus on the dynamics and antiquities of the Native American Indian. Some of the topics that will be discussed include: federal vs. state tribes (S.C.), movie and film interpretation, state/federal process and recognition, Thanksgiving: Indians and pilgrims, sports mascots/logos, government, money, wealth and land, casinos, military service, food/survival, traditional medicine, Native American traditional clothes, and myths.

“It is vital to designate a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S..” says David Michener, associate director of Multicultural Student Programs and Services. “The history of Native Americans is both fascinating and in many ways, tragic. This event will provide an opportunity for both learning and discussion about the history.”

Christophe Boucher received his Ph.D from the University of Kansas in 2001 and has since been a professor in the history department at the College of Charleston. His research and teaching interests focus on Native American history, the history of the American West, and Atlantic World history. He has published scholarly works on French-Indian relations in the early colonial period and is currently revising a textbook manuscript surveying the history of Native Americans north of the Rio Grande to King Philip’s War.

For more information, contact David Michener at or 843.953.1402.