Virtual ProgramWednesday, October 20

32-06 Cultivating Identity with Recentered Seeds

Wednesday, October 20, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Chair: Daniel Richard Maher (University of Arkansas Fort Smith)

11:15 am
Cultivating Mutuality: Home Demonstration Clubs in the 1930s Oklahoma Panhandle
Steven K. Kite (University of Arkansas Fort Smith) and Shelly Lemons (McKendree University)

11:45 am
Growing Community and Identity: 1930s Home Demonstration Club Gardens in the Oklahoma Panhandle
Shelly Lemons (McKendree University)

12:15 pm
Seeds in the Attic: Recentering Indigeneity with Tallgrass Prairie Restorations
Daniel Richard Maher (University of Arkansas Fort Smith)

The not-so simple act of planting seeds in the ground is a source of cultural identity for depression era women in the Oklahoma panhandle in Home Demonstration Clubs, and for ecologically-minded stewards of the land in tallgrass prairie restorations. In each of these cases seeds are recentered to craft meaningful local identities in people and places that would otherwise be felt as marginal peripheries.