Evening with the Elders at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians: A Living Tribute to Dr. J. Anthony Paredes

In 2013, the Office of Archives and Records Management at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians launched the new ‘Evening with the Elders’ program which became an overwhelming success and is still growing in popularity today.  This monthly series features the audio recordings of renowned Anthropologist Dr. J. Anthony Paredes who interviewed tribal leaders in the 1970s and collected data on tribal history that exists nowhere else on Mother Earth. This session showcases segments of the interviews from this highly praised series which brings tribal voices out into the light of the modern-day community setting.  It demonstrates how the extensive anthropological work of Dr. Paredes has long-ranging influence on the Tribe’s archival acquisition expansion, Museum exhibit development, and historic Picture Book publication.  The panelists discuss the impact of Dr. Paredes’ treasured recordings on the tribal community today.

CONVENOR: ALVAREZ, Roberto R. (SfAA President)

SPEAKERS: BRYAN, Stephanie A. (Tribal Chair, Poarch Band of Creek Indians),

THROWER, Robert (Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Poarch Band of Creek Indians),

SUWANEE DEES Ed.D., Deidra (Tribal Archivist and Director, Office of Archives and Records Management, Poarch Band of Creek Indians),

ROTH, Ph.D., George (Office of Federal Acknowledgment, retired),

FAYARD, Ph. D.  Kelly (Bowdoin College, Member, Poarch Band of Creek Indians),

OVERBEY, Ph.D., Mary Margaret (Overbey Consulting LLC, University of Tampa)