Christopher Comer, Dean
Lecturer, Native American Studies Department, History Department and African American Studies Program
Class Schedule for Spring, 2018:
(all classes MWF)
11:00-11:50 HIST 262 01B, Abolitionism, PFNAC (Native American Center), room 105
2:00-2:50 NASX 105H 01, Intro to Native American Studies, PFNAC (Native American Center), room 105
3:00-3:50 NASX 105H 01, Intro to Native American Studies, PFNAC (Native American Center), room 105
George Price listens, learns, contemplates, studies, and teaches. He lives with his wife, Barbara, and their son, Noah, on their 5 acre permaculture farm on the Flathead Indian Reservation, north of Missoula, Montana. He is an American of several diverse ethnic and cultural ancestries (including Assonet Wampanoag, Massachuset, Choctaw, African, French, and Scottish) who has explored human identity issues for all of his life, both personally and professionally. Since 2012, he now prioritizes the defense of Mama Earth and all species therein above all other interests. Some questions that he patiently seeks to find answers for (in due time, without anxiety): What are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going?
- Ph. D., Interdisciplinary Studies, concentration in colonial and antebellum African American and Native American history, University of Montana, 2006
- M.A. History, University of Montana, 1996
- B.A. University of Oregon, 1981
- Colonial and antebellum African American and Native American history
- The service records and narratives of soldiers and sailors of color in the American Revolution
- The intellectual, cultural, and spiritual origins of American egalitarianism and human rights activism
- The history of utopian communitarianism (indigenous and non-indigenous)
Field of Study
History of early American intercultural relations
Book chapter: “The Problem with Money: Possibilities for Alternative, Sustainable, Non-monetary Economies,” in Perma/Culture: Imagining
Alternatives in an Age of Crisis, Molly Wallace, David Carruthers, eds., Routledge, 2017
Past and Present: an Introduction to Native American Studies, Plymouth, Michigan, Hayden-McNeil, 2015
To Heal the Scourge of Prejudice: the Life and Writings of Hosea Easton, George R. Price and James Brewer Stewart, eds., University of Massachusetts Press, 1999.
Re-writing my dissertation, “The Easton Family of Southeast Massachusetts: The Dynamics of Five Generations of Human Rights Activism, 1753-1935,” for publication (a biographical history of the Eastons, an American tri-racial family with a strong social activist tradition extending over three centuries)
Two chapters for Heartlines "Parallel Histories" Project, a collaboration of Native American historians on a textbook on Native American history, sponsored by Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Montana, with a grant from the Kellogg Foundation (expected date of publication, 2016), The Dispossession of Titticut: the struggle of the Wampanoag and Massachuset people of the Titticut village and reservation to keep their lands, 1669-1790, and Two Very Different “Acts of Submission”: Formal Submission of Massachusetts Indian Nations to Massachusetts Bay Colony, March, 1644 and the Submission of the Narragansett Indians to King Charles I of England, April, 1644.
Encyclopedia Entry: “African American Slavery by American Indians,” for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History, Oxford University Press, 2012
"The Roberts Case, the Easton Family, and the Dynamics of the Abolitionist Movement in Massachusetts, 1776-1870,” co-authored with JamesBrewer Stewart for theMassachusetts Historical Review, Fall, 2002
“Afro/Native Historiography: Finding Relevance Outside the Eurocentric Tradition,” Trinity Reporter, Special Edition, Dec., 2005, Providence, Rhode Island, Trinity Repertory Company
“Hosea Easton: Forgotten Abolitionist ‘Giant’,” chapter in Michael A.Morrison, ed., The Human Tradition in Antebellum America, Wilmington, Delaware, Scholarly Resources, 2000 (This article was reprinted in 2002 for another edition in this same series, The Human Tradition in America from the Colonial Era through Reconstruction at the request of the editor, Charles W.Calhoun.)
Foreword to a book: Foreword to Roger Echo-Hawk, NAGPRA and the Future of Racial Sovereignties, Longmont, Colorado, Roger Echo-Hawk, Kindle Edition, 2011
Book review for H-SHEAR (online site for the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic). Daniel R. Mandell. Tribe, Race, History: Native Americans in Southern New England, 1780-1880, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008, review published online: June, 2009 http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=24811
Book Review: Theda Perdue, “Mixed Blood” Indians: Racial Reconstruction inThe Early South, for the Journal of the Early Republic, Summer, 2003
"Indigenous Economics Instructor's Workshop: "Tools for Shaping the Economic Future," in Business Alert, Vol. 11, No. 4, July/August, 1996.
Department of History
Area of Expertise
History of Early American Intercultural Relations
College of Humanities and Sciences, African American Studies
- 1998 to present; Adjunct Instructor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, and Lecturer, University of Montana, Native American Studies and (beginning in Fall of 1999) African American Studies and (since 2001) the Department of History.
- Courses taught at UM: NASX 105, Introduction to Native American Studies; and NAS 202, Oral and Written Traditions; AAS 220, Search for Identity; AAS/HIST 262, Abolitionism: the First Civil Rights Movement; NAS/AAS 260, African Americans and Native Americans; AAS 372, African American Identity; AAS/HIST 342 and 379, African American History
- 1995 to 1999; Adjunct Instructor, Salish Kootenai College, Native American Studies, American History, Sociology, Indigenous Economics
- 1985-1995; Art and History Teacher, Two Eagle River School, Pablo, Montana
2015: Panelist, "The Healing Power of Truth-Telling: Undoing the Many Wrongs and Harms of Colonialist American Historiography," in the "Reframing Knowledge Production" session of the Historical Trauma Symposium at the University of Montana, November 4, 2015.
2014: Black History Month lecture, "Not 3/5ths Human! - Something Much Worse: the real impacts of Article 1, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution," University of Montana, February 24, 2014.
2012: "From the Earth: the true colors of humanity," lecture for the "Day of Dialogue" symposium, University of Montana, October, 2012.
2010: University of Montana Chapter of the Mortar Board Society's selected lecturer for the "Last Lecture" series, "The Betrayal of Enlightenment Egalitarianism: How what happened after 1783 led to our present ecological crisis" http://www.cas.umt.edu/facultydatabase/FILES_Faculty/1071/Last Lecture v3.doc
2010: University of Montana NCAA Diversity Compliance Committee
2010: Selected Participant for Heartlines "Parallel Histories" project and workshop, Salish Kootenai College
2010: Black Students Union Black History Month Lecture, “A Brief Illustrated History of Relations Between Native Americans and African Americans in the U.S.” University of Montana
2009: Panelist, Day of Dialogue, “Adjusting: A Frank Discussion Concerning Bicultural Adaptive Strategies for African American Students at the University of Montana”
2009: Panelist on the White(?)House, the meaning of the Obama Presidency, Music Recital Hall, University of Montana
2008: Coordinator and Committee Chair for the Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of African American Studies at The University of Montana
2008: Presenter, Day of Dialogue, “Life After Race: Observations and Discussion on the Multicultural, Intercultural, and Non-Racial future of the U.S. and the World”
2008: Workshop presentation on "Challenges of Bringing Indigenous Cultural Perspectives into the Public School Science Classrooom," for the Big Sky Science Partnership workshop at Salish Kootenai College
2007: Two gallery lectures at the Missoula Art Museum,in conjunction with the Faith Ringgold exhibit: “Black Art, Black Identity: the world from which Faith Ringgold emerged,” and “The Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement”
2006; Keynote speaker for Missoula’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
2006; Presentation on Native American genealogy to the Western Montana Genealogical Society, at the Missoula Public Library
2005 and 2006; Juror for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Bitterroot Valley Chapter American Citizenship Scholarship Awards for local graduating high school students
2005; Martin Luther King Jr. Day presenter and workshop leader for UM Office of Civic Engagement and the Western Montana Volunteer Center
2005; Juror/Reader for two articles for the American Indian Culture and ResearchJournal
2004; Keynote speaker, “Afro/Native American Relations in the United States,” for Native American Heritage Month at Northern Kentucky University
2004; “How I Teach the Introduction to Native American Studies,” presentation to the “Why Study Native America?,” TERRACE Workshop forTeachers at the University of Montana
2004; “People of Color in the Antebellum Northeast” Workshop presentation:, for the “Teaching U.S. History” summer institute for the Missoula County Publ
- 2014 to present: Environmental Issues Coordinator, Indian Peoples' Action (of Montana)
- 2012 to present: member, Native American Indigenous Studies Association
- 1997 to present; member, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
- 2001-2004; Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for Minorities
- 1999; Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
- 2001 to 2005; member, Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc.
Activism for life on Earth, gardening, landscaping, hiking, canoeing, listening, reading, writing