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.
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.
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.
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.
The Museum of Native American History (MONAH) is excited to host Native Conversations: An Introduction to the Cherokee Language with Travis Wolfe at 5:30 PM, Saturday, September 14, 2019. This event invites guests to learn the foundations of the Cherokee Language. Wolfe, a certified Cherokee Language expert, will walk participants through rules and structures of the Cherokee Language. By the end of the workshop, guests will have learned more about the history of the Cherokee and foundational information to speak the language themselves!
Join MONAH for a Wes Studi Film night, featuring Geronimo: An American Legend, SATURDAY, July 20th, at 6:00 PM as a preview event for our Native American Cultural Celebration. Chairs are available, but feel free to bring your own bean bag or comfy chairs for an evening of fun and film.
MONAH is honored to host Matriarch as part of our Native Conversations and Creative Visions series on SATURDAY, JUNE 22.
Matriarch promotes the social welfare of Native women through education, community building, and direct services to create positive change within our communities.
Guests will be invited to understand more about Native life and traditions through a hands-on Creative Visions Workshop. As a part of Native culture, handkerchiefs have been used as an awareness tool and will be utilized in a one of a kind workshop that will reveal their use in Indigenous culture, both historical and contemporary. The workshop will be held at 3 PM. Registration is required.
The Matriarch women will then perform a spoken word performance, speaking to each letter of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, their personal connection to the subject, and statistics on MMIW. Each woman brings her own unique style of performance that incorporates their Indigenous languages and culture. The performance will be held at 5:30 PM. Registration is encouraged, but NOT required.
The Museum of Native American History (MONAH) and House of Songs is proud to present Walter Echo-Hawk and Gerald Torres for “Native Conversations: A Rare Conversation Between Two Earth Protectors” to be held Friday, June 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM. This event invites participants to sit down with two accomplished authorities in race theory, environmental law, and federal Indian Law. The evening will be complemented by music from Watertown’s Jamie Lou and Garrett Brolund, with Gerald Torres on blues harmonica, and solutions to our ever changing climate. The evenings discussion topics will cover history, cultural stories and solutions to our ever changing climate.
Join MONAH and Tribal TV for a screening of three short films; Blessed, I Stand, and Lost Face (2018 Oscars List) FRIDAY, May 31, 2019 at 6:00 PM. Bring your own bean bag or use one of our comfy chairs for an evening of fun and film.
Join MONAH as we welcome back Caitlin Ahrens for another Native Conversations workshop, Saturday, March 9 at 5:30 PM.
CANCELED: Join us at MONAH for another exciting installment of our Native Conversations, SATURDAY, February 23, at 6:00 PM. Kiowa artist Travis Mammedaty will explore the history, culture, and protocol of songs for use in powwows.
Join Dr. Gagnon as he describes the seminal place of stories in American Indian cultures. Touching on the major categories of stories and offering examples from traditional times as well as contemporary renditions.
Artwork by Donald Grant, “Spider Spins a Story,” edited by Jill Max.
Join MONAH for another installment of Native Conversations! KUAF’s Pluto Manager Caitlin Ahrens will delve into the fascination of constellations, the mixture of cultural stories, and exciting astronomical events.
MONAH is honored to begin its 2018 Native Conversations series in partnership with the House of Songs as we welcome Torres to both the stage and the podium. A dynamic and multi-talented speaker and blues harmonica player, Torres will punctuate his talk on the significance of water and Native resource management with performance, backed by local band Lost John.