Drew Lopenzina, professor of Early American and Native American Literatures at Old Dominion University will speak on "From Mashpee to Standing Rock: Reading William Apess in the 21st Century," focusing on Apess's activism. Dr. Lopenzina is the author of Red Ink: Native Americans Picking up the Pen in the Colonial Period (2011) and Through an Indian's Looking-Glass: A Cultural Biography of William Apess, Pequout (2017).
Brent Learned is an award winning Native American artist, who draws, paints, and sculpts. He was born and raised in Oklahoma and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes. His works are in collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion, among many other venues. His work has been shown extensively abroad, including in Russia and New Zealand. He is a leader in the Native Pop Art Movement.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
David Hurst Thomas has served as curator of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1972, and, for seven years, served as the chairman of the Department of Anthropology. Thomas has conducted archaeological research on St. Catherine's Island since 1974.
His talk will center on the hybrid Mississippian-Franciscan communities that actually existed on the Georgia Coast – long before Oglethorpe.
Sponsored by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Anthropology and the Institute of Native American Studies.
Jack Baker, former member of the Cherokee Nation council and current president of the Oklahoma Historical Society, will host a screening of The Daughter of Dawn, with a discussion to follow. The Daughter of Dawn, a 1920s silent film with an all-Indian cast, was thought lost for more than 90 years, but it was recently rediscovered and fully restored by OHS.
Sequoyah Guess: The Books of the Red Eye
"Sequoyah Guess has created a great tale wrapped in Cherokee storytelling, Oklahoma charm, and exciting horror. Highly recommended if you're looking for a unique take on the vampire mythos. Set in the Tahlequah area, it's at once familiar yet frightening, and full of horror action thrills." - Roy Boney
Daniel Justice: The Kynship Chronicles
Daniel Justice, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia. A scholar of Native literature, he is also an accomplished novelist himself. He is the author of the fantasy trilogy The Kynship Chronicles, as well as Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History.
"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.
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.