Native American Studies Events

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2017-2018

#InsteadofRedFace

Instead of Red Face: An Evening with DeLanna Studi

Join award-winning actor and activist DeLanna Studi (Cherokee) for short performance pieces and a discussion of the importance of Native voices directly represented in all levels of storytelling. #Insteadofredface illustrates the Native and Indigenous artists who are writing/performing Native/Indigenous stories.

DeLanna Studi wrote and directed And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey along the Trail of Tears, which opens March 31, 2018 at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. Studi has performed in numerous television, film, and theatre roles, is a member of the Artists Ensemble for Native Voices at the Autry, and mentors artists of all ages.

February 26, 6:00 pm - 9:00pm
Wolff Auditorium, Gonzaga University
This event is free and open to the public.

Instead of Red Face: An Evening with Mary Kathryn Nagle

Join playwright/activist/attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee) for short performance pieces and a discussion of the importance of Native voices directly represented in all levels of storytelling. #Insteadofredface illustrates the Native and Indigenous artists who are writing/performing Native/Indigenous stories.

Mary Kathryn Nagle has written numerous plays and has two plays in production in 2018, Sovereignty at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. (on now), and Manahatta at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (opening April 1). She also recently received a United States Artist Award, a prize given in recognition of an artist's contribution to their discipline.

March 19, 6:00 pm - 9:00pm
Wolff Auditorium, Gonzaga University
This event is free and open to the public.


#InsteadofRedFace is sponsored by: Gonzaga's Native American Studies Program, the Departments of History and Women's and Gender Studies, DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Engagement), the Center for American Indian Studies, the Faculty Senate Speakers Series, and the College of Arts and Sciences Deans Office.


“They Are Always at the Front: Native American Soldiers in the Great War,” Ryan Booth (Upper Skagit)

2016-2017

“Native American Studies and Intercultural Communication,” Professor Pavel Shlossberg, Communication Leadership

“Native American Studies and History,” Professor Ann Ostenfdorf, Department of History 

“Matika Wilbur: 25 Lessons from Indian Roads”

"Weaving Native American Plateau Art into the Fabric of Spokane: A Town Hall Event,” in collaboration with Artist Trust

“Native American Studies and Biology,” Professor Brook Swanson, Department of Biology

“Native American Studies and Political Science,” Professor Michael Treleaven, Department of Political Science

“Native American Studies and Religious Studies,” Professor Emily Clark, Department of Religious Studies

“Native American Studies and Contemporary Literature,” Professor Jessica Maucione, Department of English

2015-16

Film Screening, Cherokee Word for Water, featuring a discussion with actor Kimberly Norris Guerrero (Colville/Salish-Kootenai/Cherokee)

“Enacting Social Justice for the Columbia River,” Upper Columbia United Tribes

“From Assimilation to Cultural Reclamation: Native American Education, 1880-2015,” presented to the Gonzaga Guild, Professor Laurie Arnold (Colville), Native American Studies

“Material Culture and Crafting Identity: Indigenous Arts in the U.S. and Mexico,” Professor Laurie Arnold (Colville) and Professor Pavel Shlossberg, Communication Leadership

“Nike N7 and Native Athletes in the 21st Century,” Sam McCracken (Assiniboine/Sioux)

“Finding Mourning Dove’s Authentic Voice in Letters and Manuscripts,” Professor Laurie Arnold (Colville), Native American Studies

“Living in History: For Indian Country the 2016 Election Will Be One for the Books,” Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock)

2014-2015

Todd Harder (Creek), “Native American Youth Health Through Sports”

Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche), “Why Society Can’t Ignore Indian Mascots”

“According to Coyote” Salish School of Spokane event

Ric Gendron: Rattlebone (Jundt Museum)

Mythbusting! with Native American Studies Professor Laurie Arnold (Colville), Native American Studies

Michael Holloman (Colville), “Clyfford Still and the Nespelem Art Colony”

2013-14

Sandy Osawa (Makah), film screening of her documentary “Maria Tallchief”

Rosalyn LaPier (Blackfeet), “Conceptualizing ‘Wilderness:’ Native American Land Customs vs. Federal Ideals of ‘Wild”

Ethics and the Columbia River Treaty Conference 

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