Sit down with speakers from Northwest Arkansas and beyond as they share about the ways they give voice to Native American culture.
SUN, MOON, AND Starlore
November 10th, 2018
Caitlin Ahrens will delve into the fascination of constellations, the mixture of cultural stories, and certain astronomical events, such as the annual Leonid meteor shower. Ahrens will explore how Native Americans of the 19th century have helped modern astronomers understand cultural astronomy and the diversity across North America.
Minwajiimo: The Glue of Culture.
Storytelling and Trickster Tales in American Indian Cultures.
December 1, 2018
Dr. Gagnon will describe the seminal place of stories in American Indian cultures. Dr. Gagnon will describe the major categories of stories and offer examples from traditional times as well as contemporary renditions. The second half of the presentation will focus on Trickster Stories and how they contribute to an understanding of American Indian cultures.
Upcoming Native Conversations
Oral history is a powerfully enduring aspect of the Earth's indigenous cultures. Now we are experiencing the first generation of people who might be referred to as "Indigitous" -or citizens of global cultures who have spent their entire lives as natives in the digital world of cyberspace. Audiobooks have now become the format upon which to gather, express, and perpetuate the oral history of these natives of cyberspace. In coordination with Fulcrum Publishing, America's foremost publisher of contemporary Indigenous authors, Indigenous Audiobooks mission is to provide a platform for contemporary indigenous authors to produce, record and distribute audiobooks and spoken word materials. Bobby Bridger, of Indigenous Audiobooks, Sam Scinta, of Fulcrum Press, and Joseph Bruchac, a prolific Native American author will discuss the diversity and breadth of Indigenous thought and culture in the 21st century.
Earth Guardians Think Tank: Youth Inspiring Solutionaries is an incredible opportunity for aspiring and experienced earth protectors from Northwest Arkansas! You are invited to learn from an experienced panel of Indigenous Youth from all around the country who represent a diverse range of experiences, lifestyles, and viewpoints. Solutionarians, like yourself, will gather together to identify environmental problems in the area and the steps it will take to fix them as a community.
Join MONAH as we welcome celebrated Cherokee Actor Wes Studi. “An Evening with Wes Studi” will detail Studi’s journey from small-town Oklahoma native, through his beginnings with the American Indian Theater Company, to internationally acclaimed actor who, this year, receive an honorary Academy Award. Studi will be joined by JR Mathews, of the American Indain Theater Company and former Chairman of the Quapaw Nation, and Steven Paul Judd, writer and director of the short film Ronnie BoDean, starring Wes Studi.
Considered to be one of the greatest religious thinkers of the 20th Century, Vine Deloria Jr. changed the face of Indian Country and influenced generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Americans. In 2018, Wes Studi, Bobby Bridger, Phillip Deloria, John Inmon and Kevin Locke joined forces to create Indigenous Audio Books.”Indigenous Oral History” will explore the works of Deloria, Jr., his impact on modern Native America, and the creation of a new platform to celebrate Indigenous writers and thinkers.