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Storytelling, Storykeeping: The Importance of Culture-Based Writing
September 16 and 17, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
VBR 101B, SDSU Student Union, Brookings, SD
For More Information: Charles Woodard, SDSU English Dept.
(605) 688-4056 or (605) 692-5512

                                                            20TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE


VBR 101B, SDSU Student Union  

 Monday, September 16:

9:00     Introductory Remarks, Lowell Amiotte, SDSU Professor Emeritus and Co-Founder,

              Oak Lake Tribal Writers’ Retreat

9:10    “Why Write? A Tribal Perspective, ” Elizabeth Cook-Lynn   

10:00  Panel Response, Kim Blaeser, Joseph Marshall III, Laura Tohe, Roberta Hill

1:00     Welcome, SDSU President David Chicoine

1:10     “Storytelling, Story-keeping: Storytellers Making a Story Together,”   

               Joseph Marshall III, Kim Blaeser, LeAnne Howe   

2:00    “Seeing Red: Hollywood Depictions of American Indians,” 

               LeAnne Howe, Gordon Henry, Laura Tohe

7:30     Reception and Book-signing


Tuesday, September 17:

9:00    “Bridging Disciplines: The Humanities and the Social Sciences in American Indian

                 Studies,” Gordon Henry, Richard Meyers, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

10:00   “Why Poetry? Some Tribal Perspectives,” 

                 Laura Tohe, Roberta Hill, Kim Blaeser, Gordon Henry

1:00       Welcome, Dean Dennis Papini, College of Arts and Sciences

1:05      “We Tell You Now,” Elizabeth Cook-Lynn and the Oak Lake Tribal Writers’  Society


2:00     “Healing the World: American Indian Truths,” Joseph Marshall III and Roberta Hill


About the presenters:

KIM BLAESER is a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She is the author of Apprenticed to Justice (poems), Absentee Indians and Other Poems, Trailing You (poems),  and Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition, and the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Ojibwe Poetry.


ELIZABETH COOK-LYNN is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and Professor Emerita of English and Native American Studies at Eastern Washington University.  Her books include New Indians, Old Wars, Anti-Indianism in Modern American: A Voice from Tatekeya’s Earth, Aurelia: A Crow Creek Trilogy (fiction), Why I Can’t read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays, The Power of Horses and Other Stories, and I Remember the Fallen Trees: New and Selected Poems.


GORDON HENRY is a member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota and Professor and Director of Creative Writing at Michigan State University.  He is the author of The Light People (a novel) and co-author of The Ojibway (a textbook), and he is also a widely-published poet.


ROBERTA HILL is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her writings include three books of poetry, Star Quilt, Philadelphia Flowers and just-published Cicadas, New and Selected Poems.


LEANNE HOWE is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Professor of American Indian Studies and English and affiliated faculty in Theatre at the University of Illinois.  Her works include Shell Shaker (a novel), Evidence of Red (poetry and prose), Miko King: An Indian Baseball Story (a novel), and Choctalking On Other Realities (short stories), due out in October, 2013.


JOSEPH MARSHALL III is a member of the Sicangu Lakota tribe.  His books include The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage, The Long Knives Are Crying (a novel), The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn: A Lakota History, Walking With Grandfather: The Wisdom of Lakota Elders, The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History, The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living, and The Dance House: Stories from Rosebud.


RICHARD MEYERS is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is Tribal Relations Director and Coordinator of the American Indian Studies Program at South Dakota State University.


LAURA TOHE is Dine’ and Professor of English at Arizona State University.  Her works include Code Talker Stories, No Parole Today (poetry and short stories), Making Friends With Water (poems) and Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio.


 Co-Sponsored by:  the SDSU English Department, the SDSU American Indian Studies Program, the SDSU Office of Diversity, the Brookings Reconciliation Council, USDA/NIFA Award # 2010-46100-21784 and South Dakota State University