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INAS presents
 
Creek/Seminole filmmaker Sterlin Harjo
screening his latest film,
Barking Water

Thursday, February 3, 2011
7:15 p.m. at Cine


Frankie (Richard Ray Whitman) is dying. Irene (Casey Camp-Horinek hasn't forgiven him for his past. Racing against time to find their way home, Frankie needs help and Irene is the one he turns to. That Frankie is an American Indian dying in Indian country makes his homeward journey inherently symbolic: Just as the elderly couple drives their old Volvo wagon to a certain funeral, the old ways are dying, too. He must go home one last time. And, like so many times before, Irene is extending herself beyond her common sense. The two set out on a journey that becomes more than getting home; confronting the past, love, understanding, and self discovery. Barking Water is a tale of great love that looks at what brings us all together. It's a tale of home...and what it takes to get there.
 
Following the screening, the filmmaker will engage in a discussion of the film , moderated by New York film critic and scholar George Robinson
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INAS presents
 
A Poetry reading by
Joy Harjo

4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 2
 

Acclaimed poet Joy Harjo will read from her work on Wednesday, March 2 in MLC148. The event is co-sponsored by the Wilson Center, English, and Women's Studies.

About Joy Harjo
(from www.joyharjo.com/PressKitPOETRY.html>)

"Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation.Her seven books of poetry, which includes such well-known titles as How We Became Human- New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and She Had Some Horses have garnered many awards. These include the New Mexico Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. For A Girl Becoming, a young adult/coming of age book, was released in 2009 and is Harjos most recent publication.

"She has released four award-winning CD's of original music and in 2009 won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year for Winding Through the Milky Way. Her most recent CD release is a traditional flute album: Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears. She performs nationally and internationally with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She also performs her one-woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, which premiered at the Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles in 2009 with recent performances at the Public Theater in NYC and La Jolla Playhouse as part of the Native Voices at the Autry. She has received a Rasmusson US Artists Fellowship and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Harjo writes a column Comings and Goings for her tribal newspaper, the Muscogee Nation News. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico."

See http://www.joyharjo.com/Poetry.html for more about her poetry.


 
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INAS presents
 
A Reading by
Thomas King

Thursday, January 26
4:00 pm in 302 Caldwell
 

Acclaimed novelist Thomas King will read from his work on Thursday, January 26.

About Thomas King

Thomas King is a noted Native American novelist and broadcaster who most often writes about Canada's First Nations and is an outspoken advocate for First Nations causes. He is of Cherokee, Greek, and German descent. Born in Sacramento, California, he worked in Australia as a photojournalist before moving to Canada in 1980. He earned a Ph.D. in English and American studies at the University of Utah. He has taught Native Studies at the University of California, the University of Lethbridge, and at the University of Minnesota, where he was also Chair of American Indian Studies. King is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph, west of Toronto.

King published his first novel in 1989, Medicine River. Other works include One Good Story, That one, a collection of short stories, Green Grass, Running Water and Truth in Bright Water. He has also written Dreadful Water Shows Up and The Red Power Murders, mystery novels written under the name Harley GoodWeather. His non-fiction work includes Godzilla vs. the Postcolonial, which questions the efficacy of filtering indigenous experience of continuing colonialism through the lens of postcolonial theory, and The Truth About Stories, an essay collection adapted from the Massey series of lectures. He also has edited a number of anthologies on Native writers.

Kings A Short History of Indians in Canada won the 2006 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year award. He was twice nominated for a Governor-Generals award, including for the childrens book, "A Coyote Columbus Story. King is the creator of The Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour, a radio program that ran for 3 years on the Canadian Broadcast Network.


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VOX Reading Series presents
 
A Reading by
Stephen Graham Jones

Wednesday, February 8
7:30 pm at Ciné

The VOX Reading Series, the Creative Writing Program, and the Institute of Native American Studies present a reading and Q&A session with novelist Stephen Graham Jones on Wednesday, February 8 at Ciné. The event is free and open to the public.

Stephen Graham Jones is a Blackfeet Native American author of experimental fiction, horror fiction, crime fiction, and science fiction. Born in West Texas in 1972, Stephen Graham Jones earned a B.A. in English and Philosophy at Texas Tech University and an M.A. at University of North Texas. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University in 1998.

He is the author of eight novels and two collections of short fiction, including Seven Spanish Angels, All the Beautiful Sinners, Growing Up Dead in Texas, Ledfeather, and Zombie Bake-Off. Several other novels and collections by Jones are forthcoming in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Jones has been a Stoker finalist, a Shirley Jackson Award finalist, an NEA fellow, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters award for fiction. He is currently an associate professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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The Institute of Native American Studies Presents
 
A Reading by 
Mat Johnson
Thursday, August 23, 4:00pm 
302 Caldwell Hall

Mat Johnson, African American and Black Muscogee writer who teaches creative writing at University of Houston, will be reading and speaking on Thursday, August 23 at 4 PM in Caldwell, Room 302.  Johnson is the author of  Pym, a "sequel"/parody of Edgar Allan Poe's only completed novel, Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.  Among his other books is a graphic novel Incognegro, about black journalists in the South who passed to document lynching. 

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Institute for African American Studies.
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Film Screening: Curse of the Ax 
Tuesday, September 4, 4:30 
264 Baldwin Hall

The film Curse of the Axe tells the story of the Mantle site, a 500-year-old ancestral Wendat (Huron) village located near Toronto, Ontario. A team of archaeologists, including Dr. Jennifer Birch of the University of Georgia, use the latest technology to understand the history of the site, the largest Iroquoian village ever excavated, and how a piece off European iron came to be found there 100 years before dirct contact between the Wendat and European explorers. (Running time: One hour and 40 minutes.) Dr. Birch will answer questions after the film.
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