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Graduate student is looking for two others to participate in a panel at the October 2010 Ethnohistory Conference in Ottawa; I am also looking for a chair. The abstract is due April 15, 2010 so I need to hear from people before this date. In the alternative, I would be happy to join another panel with an appropriate theme. The panel topic I am proposing explores any period after contact when Native societies were subjected to more covert colonization as Settler societies began to determine who was authentic and whose history belonged in dominant narratives of modern North American history. My own research examines the experience of contact and modernity and how it affected Abenaki, Oneida, Mohawk and Mohican (Stockbridge) peoples who came to the Adirondack region of northern New York State during the long nineteenth century and became entrepreneurs. I focus on those individuals and families who went into business for themselves and became shopkeepers, restaurateurs, camp and hotel proprietors; I also briefly look at those who sold petty commodities to supplement their economic needs. The paper ultimately examines the meaning of these entrepreneurial efforts for the Native people themselves, for the local economy and society of the Adirondacks, and for larger questions about Native peoples’ negotiations with Settler society and nineteenth-century modernity. Building on the scholarship of Historians such as Paige Raibmon or Philip Deloria, this panel will examine their experiences with modernity. I am particularly interested in Deloria’s arguments that Native peoples, much like their White counterparts, struggled with modernity but also were able to borrow from their traditions and shape-shift between both worlds, creating “secret histories of unexpectedness”. If you are interested in participating, please contact me directly at the below e-mail. Thank you for your consideration. Melissa Otis, PhD candidate Theory and Policy Studies in Education – History in Education Program Ontario Institute for Studies in Education / University of Toronto