The Institute of American Indian Arts to Host Indigenous Studies Conference

Mar 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Eric Davis

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Indigenous Liberal Studies Department will sponsor a conference entitled, “Indigenous Intervention into ‘Indigenous Narrative’” on Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, 2016, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Nativo Lodge. The Indigenous Intervention on Indigenous Narrative is being convened to bring forth ideas related to the Indigenous experience with the concept of “narrative” in culture, literature, philosophy, history, politics, economics, film, television, art, music, social theory, and business. The concept of Indigenous narrative has many applications and responses in the Indigenous world including assimilation, economic development, education, cultural change, artistic expression, evolution/devolution, language, psychology, and more.

The initial line-up for panels for the event include: Voices of Systematic Oppression; Making Meaning Through Indigenous Narrative, Historical Trauma; Native Americans at the University of New Mexico; Using Oral Traditions to Intervene in Treaty Violations; African American/Native American Rap Lyrics; Body, Memory, Language – Dreaver, Morin, Bouvier; Exploring Intersections Narratives; and Student Sustainability Leadership – IAIA Undergraduate. Topics for individual presenters include: Indigenous Visual Sovereignty; Social Media/Digital Storytelling; Cree Art and Architecture; Cycles of Life Storytelling; Palimpsest: “Portraits Against Amnesia”; Oscar Howe’s Prints; Pueblo Pottery; Narrative of Nationhood; Indigenous Video Games; Two-Spirit Issues; Innovation in Native Song; Motion/Art/Cartography; Aleut Relocation; Indigenous Popular Fiction; Treaty Rights; Comparative Education Romani & Native American; Oral History, Storytelling, Testimony, Memories; Elementary School Pedagogy and Representation – Sierra. IAIA professor Stephen Fadden (Saint Regis Mohawk) will be the keynote speaker on Thursday and former Navajo Nation poet laureate Lucy Tapahanso (Navajo) will be keynote speaker Friday.

“This event will showcase our Indigenous perspectives and voices in the world of academia, edifying our epistemologies in our own ways,” states Elizabeth Kianu Stahmer (Syandotte/Blackfeet/Cherokee/Scots-Irish), the assistant event coordinator. Registration for the event is $40 per day, or $75 for both days. For more information, contact Stephen Wall at swall@iaia.edu.

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