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NAC Lecture: 'Indian Conquistadors ...'

Minot State University's Northwest Art Center lecture series presents "Indian Conquistadors: Native Peoples' Participation in the Conquest of Mexico," presented by Bradley Benton, assistant professor of history at North Dakota State University.

Benton's talk, "Indian Conquistadors: Native Peoples' Participation in the Conquest of Mexico," revisits commonly held views of the conquest and offers new interpretations.

"Historians long believed-and popular representations continue to suggest-that the Spaniards conquered Mexico with brilliant military strategy, skill in fighting, and superior technology," writes Benton in a summary of his presentation. "We now know, however, that the story of the fall of Tenochtitlan is much more complicated and that it could not have happened without the aid of native peoples themselves."

New insights into these historical events have "present-day consequences for Mexican and indigenous identities," said Benton.

Benton received his doctorate from UCLA in 2012. His research, which has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Mellon Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education, focuses on the interactions between Nahuas (Aztecs) and Spaniards in Mexico's early colonial period.

The lecture is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow the program. Parking in campus lots is unrestricted after 5 p.m.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Location: Aleshire Theater, Hartnett Hall
Price: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Northwest Art Center
Contact: Avis Veikley
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