Lowery Helps to Organize Second Teach-In with Muscogee Nation on Emory Quad

Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery, Cahoon Family Professor of American History and a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, helped to organize a teach-in on the quad with the Muscogee Nation in late October of 2023. The event included storytelling, hymn singing, a stomp dance led by Rev. and Mekko (or “traditional leader”) Chebon Kernell, and a conversation with Muscogee artist Johnnie Diacon.

The teach-in marks the third year that members of the College of the Muscogee Nation (CMN) have visited Emory. The deepening relationship between the two institutions includes a $2.4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in February of 2023 to “develop collaborative and independent programs advancing Native and Indigenous Studies and the preservation of the Muscogee language in a unique partnership between the two schools.” Lowery leads the newly-launched Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies, which will work towards the goals outlined in the Mellon grant. Read more about the teach-in from Lowery below, along with Emory News Center’s full coverage of the event here: “Furthering Emory community’s education, Muscogee Nation will conduct second teach-in Oct. 27.”

“‘The partnership and sense of exchange — trust building and shared learning — is growing between Emory and the Muscogee Nation. The teach-in adds a dimension of responsibility and relationship that builds on Emory’s Land Acknowledgment Statement.’

“The teach-in will not only edify; it will heal. ‘We are in need of the healing that this return of the Muscogee people to their homelands facilitates,’ Lowery says. ‘The Nation is leading us in the way that they use education as a healing force.'”

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