Native Women Language Keepers: Indigenous Performance Practices — January 28th to February 1st 2013, University of Michigan

Poster Native Women Language Keepers

Native Women Language Keepers: Indigenous Performance Practices. An Arts-Based Research Symposium with playwright Alanis King


January 28th to February 1st 2013, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Aanii! Join us for UM’s sixth arts-based research symposium, a week-long exploration of Native women’s practices as language teachers, activists, and artists. In this week, we’re workshopping a play by celebrated Native playwright Alanis King, and we will work in close connection with Miiskwaasinii’ing Nagamojig (The Swamp Singers), a Michigan-based hand-drum group, to create a praise song for Daphne Odjig’s woodland paintings in the University of Michigan’s archives.
This symposium will marry the strengths of the University of Michigan’s Anishinaabemowin language program, a thriving community of language teachers and learners, with our series of arts-based research symposia, in which we investigate ways of knowing through creative means.
In this week, we want to ask questions about the place of performance and women’s work in language survivance and revitalization, about decolonizing methodologies and performance, about honoring Native women artists, and about intercultural performance practices.

Heid Erdrich Contributes to “Riding Shotgun”

From The Twin Cities Daily Planet:

Literary Collaborations

By Aimee Loiselle, The Circle
June 28, 2008
Renowned author Heid Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe) currently shares her strong voice and unique perspective with two local literary collaborations. Erdrich recently wrote an essay for the anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers, published by Borealis/Minnesota Historical Society Press. In addition, she is working with emerging prose and poetry writers as a mentor in The Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series.

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Yellow Medicine Review #3

Just in our mailbox, the third issue of the Yellow Medicine Review. This issue features art, poetry, and prose from Pat LeBeau (MSU), Ray Young Bear, Meg Noori (U-M), Heid Erdrich (guest editor), Lise Erdrich, and one of our favorite people, Denise Lajimodiere.

Here are a couple samples:

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