Decolonize Your Scrolling: Indigenous Popular Culture Links

This week, contributing editor Kerri Clement provides links to pop culture roundups created by Indigenous peoples. While not strictly history, these links provide contemporary examples of Indigenous people responding, wielding, molding, or speaking to their own history. These links cover some of my favorite podcasts, artists, comics, designers, writers, and musicians. I know I have…

Landscapes of Living History: Native American Nations and the Rocky Mountain Region

This week’s guest post about national parks and Indigenous place names was written by Natasha Myhal (Citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians). She is a doctoral student in the Ethnic Studies Department at CU-Boulder and works at the Center for the American West at CU-Boulder.

Our Summer Reading List 2018

The members of Erstwhile’s editorial board share their summer reading plans. In the last two years, we have had a great guest post reminding us of the value of reading fiction and our fiction summer reading list. This year, we offer (for the most part) one fiction and one non-fiction work that we’re hoping to get to…

The (Award-Winning) Erstwhile Blog Entries of 2017

Erstwhile editor Julia Frankenbach has been recognized for the outstanding quality of her writing in the Center of the American West’s Thompson Writing Awards contest. Two of her Erstwhile blog posts “I Remember You: Wildness, Gratitude, and Western History on Horseback” and “The True Tale of Periquillo: Early Borderlands Literature, American Memory, and the Space Between” were honored this year. Erstwhile…

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Archive

Erstwhile guest contributor Amelia Brackett (Ph.D. student, CU Boulder) considers the perplexing influence of identity in the practice of oral history. Unlike other historians, oral historians must consider how the outward manifestations of their identities and personas shape the conversations they can incite and, therefore, the evidence they can gather. Brackett shares some of her experiences…

Donald Trump and the Failure of the Enlightenment

Erstwhile reflects on the rise of skepticism about observed reality and what it means for the intellectual foundations of our modern world. The president lives in his own reality. From erroneous claims about voter fraud to explain away his losing the popular vote to “alternative facts” about the size of the inauguration crowd, Donald Trump and…