Borderlands Lecture Series

Survivors of Captivity: Agent Lafayette Head's 1865 Indian Census

Join author Virginia Sanchez for this installment in our Borderlands of Southern Colorado lecture series. The enslavement of indigenous women and children in Colorado Territory between 1861 and 1874 is well documented in U.S. military and civil records, but too often it's a forgotten and untold story. Frontier life saw cycles of warfare, raids and retaliation as property was redeemed, family members were reclaimed and laborers were secured. Documented episodes reveal the extent of trade, raid and the enslavement of indigenous peoples by Hispanos, and newly found documents give voice to these untold histories. Some of those documents disprove the notion that Lieutenant Governor Lafayette Head was always a friend of the Hispanos.

Coffee and biscochitos at 6, lecture at 6:30.