Native American Slavery and its Legacy

Slavery and the legacy of slavery are frequently analyzed these days. Native American slavery, however, is often glossed over. Why? How extensive was it, who were the enslavers, and who exactly were the enslaved?

Joining host Stephen Spitz to discuss this is Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, who was New Mexico’s official State historian for 8 years. He has just received a 1.5 M award from the Mellon Foundation to develop an interactive digital database focused on enslaved Native Americans in New Mexico and the Southwest. Dr. Rael-Gálvez is an Indigenous slavery scholar, who, it turns out, also descends from enslaved people. We will explore both his personal and professional perspective on these important questions.

Produced with assistance of Lynn Schibeci, Elias Henley, Tristan Clum, and Roman Garcia.

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