Working from Community:
American Indian Art and Literature in a Historical and Cultural Context

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute
June 23-August 1, 2003

The Evergreen State College

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Gail Tremblay, Institute Director, is a Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College, a widely anthologized poet, and internationally exhibiting artist who regularly publishes reviews and articles about Contemporary American Indian art and literature.  Of Onondaga and Mic Mac ancestry, her most recent collection of poems, Indian Singing, was published by Calyx Books. She has written reviews and articles for Reflex, Calyx Journal, New Art Examiner, and Art Papers, and has produced chapters for Revivals! Diverse Traditions (edited by Janet Kardon, American Craft Museum) and Partial Recall: Photographs by Native Americans (edited by Lucy Lippard.) Her chapter, “Indigenous Identities/ Diverse Visions,” for Women Artists of the American West  (edited by Susan Ressler) is due out in the Spring. She is currently working with 12 art historians on creating a gender-balanced history of 20th Century American Art which will reflect the diversity of American culture. 

John Mohawk is a distinguished professor in the American Studies Program at the SUNY Buffalo. His books include:  Exiled in the Land of the Free (written with Oren Lyons), A Basic Call to Consciousness, and The Red Buffalo. He has also written numerous articles and is the editor of the journal, Daybreak.

Angela Wilson is on the faculty of the Department of History at Arizona State University and has written about challenging traditional methodologies in the field and their reliance on written documentation.

Jolene Rickard is an Assistant Professor of Photograph and Art History and a widely exhibited Tuscarora photographer whose work has shown throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in London and Europe. A scholar whose writing and curriculum on Indigenous Art benefit from her thorough knowledge of Art Theory, her writing includes a chapter in Partial Recall edited by Lucy Lippard. Her artwork is the subject of numerous articles and book chapters, and Lucy Lippard writes about it in her book on multicultural art, Mixed Blessings.

Linda Hogan, professor emerita from the University of Colorado-Boulder, is the author of several highly acclaimed novels including Mean Spirits, Power, and Solar Storms, books of poems including Seeing through the Sun, Book of Medicines, and Savings. Her plays include Paper Moon, and her works of non-fiction include Dwellings: Intimate Nature, and Woman Who Watches the World: A Memoir. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Lannan Foundation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the D’Arcy McNickle Tribal Historian Fellowship from the Newberry Library in Chicago, a Pushcart Award and an American Book Award for her poetry. In 1994 she was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is one of the foremost writers working in America today.

Corwin Clairmont is a Dean and Member of the Art Faculty at Salish-Kootenai College in Montana. He is a nationally exhibiting conceptual artist, and much of his work deals with issues on the Salish-Kootenai reservation where he is enrolled. His work was shown in a recent Retrospective Exhibit at the Art Museum at Missoula in Missoula, Montana, and that exhibit was documented in a catalogue with an essay by Gail Tremblay. Lucy Lippard has also written about his work.

Nora Naranjo-Morse is a noted ceramic sculptor and installation artist from Santa Clara Pueblo whose work has shown internationally. She was exhibited at the White House and her work is in the collections of the Heard Museum and The National Museum of the American Indian. She has lectured at museums across the United States and was a member of the NGO delegation from the Women’s Caucus for Art to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women in China, where she was participated on a panel on Art and the Environment.

Laura Tohe is an Assistant Professor in English at Arizona State University and the recipient of a Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year Award for her book of poems, No Parole Here, about the Indian Boarding school experience. Tohe is a fluent Navajo speaker who uses Navajo words in her work. She has also written a play and her work is widely anthologized.

Ofelia Zepeda is a Professor of Linguistics and Native American Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has written a Dictionary of Papago and numerous works on the language of her Tohono Oodham people. She is a prolific poet who writes in both her native language and English. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, an editor at Sun Tracks Press at the University of Arizona, and has been responsible for editing and publishing a number of bilingual editions of American Indian writing.

C. Maxx Stevens, a Seminole, is currently the Dean at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, and was formerly Assistant Dean and Head of the Sculpture Department at White Mountain Academy, a newly founded art school for indigenous artists in Canada. Before that, she taught at the Rhode Island School for Design, The Institute of American Indian Art, and the Chicago Art Institute. An internationally exhibiting installation artist whose works address topics of indigenous history in complex ways, her work can be seen on the websites of the National Museum of the American Indian and the Heard Museum.

Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie is a well-known and internationally exhibiting photographer of Seminole, Muskogee Creek, and Diné (Navajo) ancestry. Her work is the subject of many essays on indigenous photography, and her own writing on issues in Native American art is widely respected. She is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship for Indigenous People in the Americas at the University of California-Davis, a Western State Arts Federation Photography Fellowship, a California Arts Council Artist Fellowship, and her video, “Native TV” won first place at the Two Rivers Film and Video Festival in Minneapolis.

Leslie Marmon Silko, is a distinguished novelist, poet, screenwriter, and essayist from Laguna Pueblo. Originally a student of Indian Law at the University of New Mexico, where she excelled academically, she startled everyone by quitting to become a major American writer.  A former Professor of English at the University of Arizona, she is the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship. She is best known for her novels Ceremony, Almanac of the Dead, and Garden in the Dunes.

James Welch is a nationally known novelist, poet and essayist from the Blackfeet Reservation who has taught at the University of Washington and Cornell University. Winner of the American Book Award in 1986 and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature from the Native Writers Circle in 1997, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Newberry Library D’Arcy McNickle Center.

Mario A. Caro is a Member of the Faculty in the Expressive Arts at The Evergreen State College, and did his doctoral dissertation on Native American Art History in the Visual and  Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester. He assisted in the organization of an Institute for indigenous artists from the Pacific Rim and curated the exhibit for that Institute. He will be responsible for helping to curate the gallery show and organize text materials on Indigenous American Art, and will help with facilitated discussions and logistics during the Institute.

Kristina Ackley is a Member of the Faculty in Native American and World Indigenous Peoples Studies at The Evergreen State College, and received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the State University of New York-Buffalo. In 2001, she was a Faculty Seminar Participant at the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, Newberry Library Lannan Foundation Summer Institute for Faculty in Native American Studies. She will assist with facilitated discussions, help participants to access materials in Native American History, and talk about issues of historiography and methodology related to community and library research on indigenous peoples.