The Spring 2010 Native American Speakers Series includes Jack Gladstone (January 20), MariJo Moore (January 28), Joy Harjo (February 18), Philip H. Red Eagle (March 25), and Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery (April 13).
January 20, 2010
University Center Annex Assembly Room
Jack Gladstone is a Native "PoetSinger" and lecturer from the Blackfeet Indian Nation of Montana. Regarded as a cultural bridge builder, he delivers programs nationally on American Indian mythology and history. In a career spanning two decades, Jack has produced fifteen critically acclaimed CD's. In 1985, Jack co-founded "Native America Speaks", an award-winning lecture series for Glacier National Park.
A former college instructor, Jack has been featured on both the Travel Channel and in USA Today magazine. Honored as a modern day warrior and bridge builder, he holds a Human Rights Award for Outstanding Community Service from Montana State University. Since 1997, Jack Gladstone has collaborated with Lloyd Maines, Grammy winning producer of the Dixie Chicks. He was also a key tribal voice providing alternate perspectives of the Lewis and Clark expedition during the recent bicentennial commemoration. In 2004, Jack narrated the Telly award winning Lewis and Clark film Confluence of Time and Courage.
This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Jay Vest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 28, 2010
MariJo Moore, of Cherokee, Irish and Dutch ancestry, is an author/artist/poet/essayist/
lecturer/editor/anthologist/publisher and creative writing workshop facilitator. She attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Lancashire Polytechnic in Preston, England, where she received a BA in Literature. She has published extensively in a variety of genres including poetry, fiction, non-fiction essays, and she has edited several collections. Her published works include: Crow Quotes; Confessions of a Madwoman (also on CD); a novel, The Diamond Doorknob (rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING); Feeding the Ancient Fires: A Collection of Writings by North Carolina American Indians; The Ice Man, The First Fire, The Cherokee Little People, (children's books); Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust; and Birthed From Scorched Hearts: Women Respond to War.
Recently, Ms. Moore was nominated as North Carolina Poet Laureate. Ms. Moore was chosen as Minority Business Person in Services for the Year, Western NC, in 2007, was selected as Wordcrafter of the Year in 2003-2004 and 2005-06 by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. The June/July issue of Native Peoples/Indian Artists magazine honored Ms. Moore as one of the top five American Indian writers of the new century in 2000. In addition, Ms. Moore has served on the New York State Council on the Arts Literature panel, the North Carolina Humanities Council, National Caucus of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, the board of the North Carolina Writers' Network, and the Speakers' Bureau for the North Carolina Humanities Council.
Ms. Moore resides in the mountains of western North Carolina, where she writes editorials on Indigenous issues for various publications, and was a past Poetry Editor for Rapid River Arts and Literature Journal, an Asheville based publication. Her commentaries on Native issues have aired on NPR and WBAI 99.5, First Voices /Indigenous Radio in NYC. She is founder of rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING, which was chosen as Publisher of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers in 2001. Currently, she is working on an anthology of Indigenous authors dedicated to Vine Deloria Jr, which is entitled Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe, and a new book of short stories, titled The Boy With Tree Growing From His Ear and Other Stories.
This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Ms. Moore’s books will be available for purchase and for her to sign at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at email@example.com.
February 18, 2010
Moore Hall Auditorium
Joy Harjo, the incomparable “poet of music”, songwriter, sax and flute player, singer, playwright, performer and award-winning author has been performing since she left the Mvskoke Creek Tribal Nation in the late Sixties to attend high school at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she became a member of one of the country’s first indigenous drama and dance troupes. She began writing poetry at the University of New Mexico, inspired by the call for indigenous rights in the western hemisphere, and graduated with an MFA from the famed Iowa Writers Workshop. She has received over twenty literary awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, and the William Carlos Society of America. Her seven books of poetry include
Photo: Paul Abdoo
She Had Some Horses, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and How We Became Human, New and Selected Poems. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ms. Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation.
Ms. Harjo has also released four award-winning CD’s of original music and performances: Letter from the End of the Twentieth Century, Native Joy for Real, and She Had Some Horses. A song from her new CD, Winding Through the Milky Way, recently won a New Mexico Music Award. She has received the Eagle Spirit Achievement Award for overall contributions in the arts, from the American Indian Film Festival and a US Artists Fellowship for 2009. She performs internationally solo and with her band Joy Harjo and the Arrow Dynamics Band (for which she sings and plays saxophone and flutes).This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Ms. Harjo’s books and CDs will be available for purchase and for her to sign at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philip H. Red Eagle
March 25, 2010
Philip H. Red Eagle is of Salish and Dakota ancestry and was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He is a published writer, canoe carver, publisher, editor, arts critic, educator, storyteller, museum curator, art gallery curator and cultural activist.
Mr. Red Eagle is one of the founders of the “Canoe Movement,” which has grown from a few canoes and fifty people in the early 1990s to over 100 canoes and over 6,000 people, annually. The success of this movement, which has come to be called Tribal Journeys, is evident not just in its rapid growth, but also in its effectiveness as a method of cultural renewal among the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Red Eagle has performed the canoe journey’s Copper Ring Ceremony since 1995 and makes each ring by hand. The current count is 4,500 rings given in this contract ceremony, which calls for no alcohol, no drugs, no violence and no sex during the journey. The ceremony has proven to be one of the successful elements of teaching the Canoe Way of Knowledge. The ceremony inspires both the young and old to make changes in their lives and to commit to year-round sobriety and nonviolence.
The second edition of Mr. Red Eagle’s novel, Red Earth: A Vietnam Warrior’s Journey, was published in 2007. Red Earth is written in an American style of writing called Mythical Realism. The book contains two novellas dealing primarily with the Vietnam War, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) and the difficulties of coming home from war. Mr. Red Eagle served in the Navy from 1967 to 1976, where he attained the rank of Petty Officer First Class as a Machinists Mate (E-6). He served onboard two destroyers on two separate West-Pac deployments to Vietnam. His service included eighteen months In-Country Vietnam up the Nha Be River as a riverboat mechanic (1970-71).
Mr. Red Eagle has two bachelor degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle: a BFA in Metal Design from the School of Art (1983) and a BA in Editorial Journalism from the School of Journalism (1987).
Mr. Red Eagle’s presentation is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Mr. Red Eagle’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at email@example.com.
Please join us for a screening of "Canoe Way: the Sacred Journey" with a discussion afterward with Philip Red Eagle (Dakota/Salish), founding member of the Northwest Canoe Movement. Monday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. in the Native American Resource Center.
A description of the film from its website (http://canoeway.org/) explains that: "'Canoe Way: The Sacred Journey' documents the annual Tribal Journeys of Pacific Northwest Coast Salish people. Indigenous tribes and First Nations from Oregon, Washington, Canada, and Alaska follow their ancestral pathways through the waters of Puget Sound, Inside Passage and the Northwest Coast. Families and youth reconnect with the past and each other. Ancient songs, dances, regalia, ceremonies, and language were almost lost and are coming back. Witness first hand, through the words and images of a proud people, as they share the story of the resurgence of the cedar canoe societies – and how it has opened a spiritual path of healing through tradition."
This event is sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 521-6485.
Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery
April 13, 2010
Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Formerly an assistant professor of history at Harvard, Lowery is a native of North Carolina and member of the Lumbee tribe. She earned a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University and produced three films that explore Native American cultural identity. The last of these films was an award-winning, full-length feature about Native American sacred sites and religious freedom, In the Light of Reverence, which premiered on PBS. In 2005, she completed her Ph.D. in American History at UNC -Chapel Hill. She’s the author of the upcoming Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation, which will be released by UNC Press in March 2010. The book deals with the internal Lumbee tribal politics and its relationship with the federal government. Along with her research, Lowery is also active in the preservation of her tribe’s heritage through the creation of an archive of Lumbee history and the staging of the outdoor drama Strike at the Wind. The daughter of Dr. Waltz and Dr. Louise C. Maynor , Malinda is the granddaughter of Foy and Bloss Cummings of the Saint Annah community and Wayne and Lucy Maynor of the Red Banks community.
This event is sponsored by the Departments of History and American Indian Studies. It is free and open to the public. Dr. Lowery’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Rose Stremlau at email@example.com.
Dr. Molly McGlennen
June 7, 2010
Native American Resource Center
Molly McGlennen was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is of Anishinaabe and European descent. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English and Native American Studies at Vassar College. Holding a Ph.D. in Native American Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing, and being a poet, scholar, a new mom, and new to the East Coast, Dr. McGlennen views her poetry as a means to cross several overlapping borders in her life. Her poetry collection, Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits, is forthcoming from Salt’s Earthworks series. In this collection, she contextualizes her poems a way to preserve and translate those recipes that make up our lives, those stories that we hear in bits and pieces and never stop telling: poems, like home-cooking, continue to nourish us.
Dr. McGlennen’s scholarship and poetry have been published in journals and anthologies including Stories Through Theories/Theories Through Stories: North American Indian Writing, Storytelling, and Critique; The Salt Companion to Diane Glancy; Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing; Birthed From Scorched Hearts: Women Respond to War; Studies in American Indian Literatures; Shenandoah; Atlantis; Sentence; Frontiers; and To Topos Poetry International.
This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Books with Dr. McGlennen’s poetry and essays will be available for purchase and for her to sign at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at firstname.lastname@example.org
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