Watch Rick Hill’s Presentation on the Influence of Ancient Indigenous Culture on Modern Democracy

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Medaille College hosted a presentation by Rick Hill on November 19 exploring how the Great Law of Peace of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) influenced the Founding Fathers, Karl Marx and the Women’s Suffragette Movement. This presentation, sponsored by the Medaille College Office of Diversity and Inclusion, examined how Indigenous thought and philosophy impacted the minds of these leaders of social change. Watch “Did Our Modern Democracy Come From an Ancient Indigenous Culture?” in its entirety below.

Hill is a member of the Beaver Clan of the Tuscarora Nation, residing on the Grand River Territory of the Six Nations, in Ohsweken, ON. Hill taught in American Studies at SUNY Buffalo and Indigenous Studies at McMaster University. He also served as Deputy Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution. He has been featured in several documentaries on the role of the Haudenosaunee in the War of 1812, and has curated dozens of exhibitions on art, culture and history. Currently, he is developing interpretive exhibitions for the renovated Mohawk Institute residential school in Brantford, ON.

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