As a member of the “Apsaalooke Nation”, Supaman makes his home on the Crow reservation in Montana. “Supaman” Is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a Native American dancer and innovative hip hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering and spreading a message of hope, pride and resilience through his original art form. He has been the recipient of the 2017 MTV VMA award for “Best Fight Against the System”! He is also a Nammy “Native American Music Award” winner, “North American Indigenous Image Award winner, and 7 “Tunney Award winner. He was awarded The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award in Canada for best video and was voted MTV’s new Artist of the Week! His 2018 nominations brought him home awards for Best Hip Hop Album and Best Producer for the Indigenous Music Awards. His latest video’s titled “Prayer Loop Song” and “Why” both have gone viral and have received millions of views on youtube and facebook which has put him in high demand touring extensively throughout the U.S.A and internationally. He has performed for Google at the Google headquarters in San Francisco. He recently was asked to audition for America’s Got Talent and the Broadway play Hamilton. He is currently working with Taboo from the multi grammy award winning group “Black Eyed Peas” looking to complete a project in the coming months.
Supaman’s one of a kind presentation combines Native culture, comedy and urban hip hop culture which dazzles audiences and captivates listeners. For this he has gained the respect of his community and generation. The communicative talent along with the compassion that exudes from his music allows him to connect with people from all walks of life. His uncanny ability to motivate, encourage, and inspire through dance, and hip hop music keeps him at the forefront among his contemporaries which gives him a platform to educate on Indigenous issues.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by: SDSU Native Resource Center, SDSU American Indian Studies Department, SDSU Native American Student Alliance, and SDSU Associated Students.
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More Information: 619-594-6991 or AmericanIndianStudies@sdsu.edu
UCSD will also host Supaman at their campus on November 4th (daytime event). Contact the UCSD Intertribal Resource Center for more information about that event: http://itrc.ucsd.edu
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2019 Indigenous Peoples Week Flyer
By Leslie L.J. Reilly
Margaret Field spent the last ten years cultivating Kumeyaay stories. Weekly trips to Ensenada, Mexico gave her the seeds to form the recently published trilingual book she edited with translation assistance from Ana Daniela Leyva and Gerardo Chavez. Her colleagues, linguist Amy Miller and anthropologist Michael Wilken Robertson, also contributed sections of the book called Mii Anmak Nyamak Kweyiwpo: Jwanya Kumiai Kuwak (Huellas del pasado hacia el futuro: Cuentos kumiai de baja california) / Footsteps From the Past into the Future: Kumeyaay Stories of Baja California) — A Trilingual Collection In Kumeyaay, Spanish, & English.
“How do you make tortillas, a pot, or a basket?” These are some of the questions Margaret Field and her colleague Amy Miller might ask during research interviews with Kumeyaay speakers. Field and Miller have been translating Kumeyaay oral stories from people living in Baja California for more than a decade. In the new book, a collection of nine narratives by five storytellers, Kumeyaay history and culture come to life in written form for future generations to read.
Most of the speakers live in very rural and mountainous regions of Mexico. Ninety percent are women. “We have to pay them as an incentive to come to the city to work with us,” Field said. “Most are poor, and spend two to three hours of travel to see us. Adding to the difficulty is when subjects spend 48 hours with us, they also need to plan for childcare or eldercare while they are away from home. Occasionally, I was lucky to have Ana Daniela Leyva drive me out to the rural mountainous regions, which made it easier on the speakers.”
Finding support to pay people for their time was a necessity. Much of the funding came from the original major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Field said, “The first grant allowed us to make all the recordings — hundreds of hours of interviews over a four-year period.” The second grant from the University of London, Endangered Language Document Programme (ELDP) lasted another four years. “Another small grant from SDSU’s Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming program gave us funding to work on the Kumeyaay language between these two grants,” Field said.
“It’s not easy to get people to share. They need to get to know you first,” Field said. “Many times they were not telling ‘stories’ per se, but were offering oral histories or biographies.”
One subject that aided in gathering stories was ethnobotany. “We would go into a garden with these women, and they would tell us all about their plants,” Field said, “I have a long two-hour discussion about women and childbirth and it all begins with a conversation among three sisters talking about plants!” The women who made a recording themselves, with one of the tape recorders given out in the project, recall stories about how plants were used to make childbirth easier.
To transcribe the recorded sessions, Field and Miller play a sentence at a time and then try to say it back to the interviewees. Listening for inflections and differences in Kumeyaay language across communities is challenging. Field said, “For example there are two kinds of ‘t’ sounds. Sometimes “tt” can sound like a ‘ch.’ There are four kinds of “l” and short vowels and long vowels.”
What is unique about this publication is that every single line of copy across the three languages (Kumeyaay/Spanish/English) is synchronized in order to aid Kumeyaay language learners on both sides of the border. It offers an excellent tool for teaching the language.
Importance of telling these stories now
Sadly, the storytellers are aging and passing away before all of their stories can be told. The original plan was to document the language and determine the differences across Baja Kumeyaay communities. Only a handful of speakers remain today and many are too senior to leave their homes. However, there are still some fluent speakers in Mexico who are in their 50s.
Community building and cultural preservation
“What I hope is it will put a spotlight on the extent of the Kumeyaay language and bring the communities on both sides of the border together,” Field said. “We see intercultural exchange between communities, but usually only on special days and during traditional celebrations called ‘gatherings.’”
Field hopes her research and work will lead to more educational exchange. She currently has another ten stories almost completed which may lead to more published books. A collaboration is underway with the Kumeyaay Community College to develop more classes with an emphasis on Kumeyaay language, culture and history that will lead toward a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies with an emphasis on Kumeyaay Studies at SDSU.
To learn more about this subject matter, please consider attending the Native Truth & Healing: California Genocide Conference, Nov. 21-24 on the campus of SDSU where native authors and speakers will present research and engage in conversations related to the genocide, oppression, resilience, and sovereignty of the first peoples of California. Field will join a panel which focuses on Kumeyaay language.
Visit sdsu.edu/nativetruthandhealing for a complete program schedule.
LINK TO PURCHASE THE BOOK:
Four days of presentations, music, documentary films, and political action sessions offer attendees a chance to enhance knowledge of the California genocide and Indigenous peoples’ history. Engage with others who want to learn more about these topics and come away with new understanding. Come together with the community to share ideas for resolutions that will be sent to state officials at the end of the conference.
Anthony R. Pico, Ph.D. ad honorem Viejas Band of Kumeyaay
Honored Speakers to Include:
Professor Cutcha Risling Baldy (Hupa, Yurok and Karuk)
Honorable Chairwoman Erica Pinto (Jamul Indian Village)
California Critical Mission Studies; Tribal Community Member Panels
Visit the Native Truth & Healing - California Genocide Conference website for more details.
At their September 3rd meeting, the SDSU Senate passed a resolution to establish an official SDSU Kumeyaay Land Acknowledgement. Two versions--a full version and an abbreviated version--were written by Michael Miskwish (Kumeyaay):
Indian Country Today article features SDSU student Lane Yazzie and the Elymash Yuuchaap program
In a recent article, Indian Country Today wrote about the experiences of SDSU student and NASA Chair Lane Yazzie (Diné), detailing their experiences as a Native student in higher education.
The article also features SDSU's Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program.
Read the full article on Indian Country Today
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The SACNAS at SDSU Chapter is dedicated to fostering the success of students in STEM through workshops, conferences, company visitations, and supporting marginalized communities. This professional society supports underrepresented students in obtaining advanced degrees, research experience, and career opportunities. Our chapter is open to all ethnic groups, genders, and sexualities to ensure a diverse, and inclusive leadership experience. SACNAS extends on the national level of professionals, professors, students, and life long members to support the future faces of STEM.
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Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. | UCSD Ida & Cecil Green Faculty Club
AIR Programs has proudly served the San Diego County region for over 26 years, through our mentoring and tutorial programs. Our programs provide our Native youth the tools needed to compete and succeed within the academic seing and create opportunities towards higher education. Support our AIR Programs by becoming a sponsor of this years’ 26th Annual Awards and Fundraiser Banquet! The evening’s events will include presentations highlighting this year’s accomplishments and awards for our students, mentors, and community members. If you cannot aend please support our programs through a donation towards our Native youth and academic programs.
Sponsorship form for the 2019 AIR BanquetFor more information about the 2019 AIR Banquet, visit: airprograms.org
By Jason Grasl
Directed by Randy Reinholz
November 1-10 at the SDSU's Experimental Theatre
Set in a magical world, haunted by memories and puppets all clinging to the side of a mountain during a blizzard. The Blackfeet build an economic future while clinging to the past, hoping for economic stability. This comedy utilizes the tensions between family myths, community actions, and the pressures from climate change. Can a prodigal son return home with new knowledge, or will those who have stayed hold the truths?
Special opportunities associated with LYING WITH BADGERS
Thursday, October 31, 7:30: Preview production with free tickets (up to 150) faculty, staff and students, and First-Generation students or Faculty/staff. Randy Reinholz (Choctaw director) and Jason Grasl (Blackfeet decedent playwright) plan to participate in this process .
Friday, November 1, 7:30 PM: OPENING NIGHT with cast and crew party at Oggie’s Pizza afterward.
Sunday, November 3, 2:00 PM: Show Post-show discussion with Randy Reinholz (Choctaw director), Jason Grasl (Blackfeet descendant playwright), and Courtney Elkin Mohler (Chumash, dramaturge) to participate in the talk with the cast and crew. The Los Angeles production team will also be present in preparation for the Los Angeles production next February.
Friday, November 22 – Sunday, November 24: Plans are being made to participate in the upcoming conference at SDSU, Native Truth & Healing - California Genocide Conference. Check back for more details.
November 1 – 10: Performances at Don Powell Theatre. Tickets are available at https://ttf.sdsu.edu/index.php/season_calendar/lying-with-badgers
Call for Individual Papers, Organized Panels, and Forum Discussion Deadline:
October 1, 2019
Submit proposals to: web.sonoma.edu/nwic/cicpapers
Vendor and Information Booths --first come, first served--
Vendors apply at: web.sonoma.edu/nwic/cicvendors
Information booths apply at: web.sonoma.edu/nwic/cicinfobooths
For more information, visit the 2019 CIC website: web.sonoma.edu/nwic/CIC2019
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Native Voices' Randy Reinholz Becomes First Native American to Receive the Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional Theater Award
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education named Randy Reinholz (Choctaw), the recipient of their most prestigious honor, named for Ellen Stewart, well-known Artistic Director of the acclaimed La MaMa Theater in New York. Reinholz, a celebrated leader in the field of theater and higher education, has been at the forefront of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice for 25 years as the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry. Congratulations on this achievement!
Indian Country Article about the award
Please join us at the University Senate on Tuesday, September 3rd at 1:45pm in solidarity and support of two new resolutions. The Senate will discuss and vote on a resolution to establish an official SDSU Kumeyaay Land Acknowledgement as well as a proposal to increase support for LGBTQIA+ students.
Meet at the CIR (Student Union 2nd Floor) at 1:45 p.m. to walk to the Senate as a united group. Please show up and show out! Your attendance is crucial to demonstrate unified community support behind these initiatives.
More Information: Contact Anne Guanciale at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Miracle Mercedes Marie Smart, and my mother is Seminole-Creek and my father is African American. I am a junior majoring in American Indian Studies and double minoring in Chemistry and Biology. I grew up interested in American Indian studies because of my deceased, Seminole-Creek grandmother on my mother’s side. In May of 2018, after creating a 13-page research paper on American Indian Identity, my grandmother came to me in a dream and basically told me to be proud of our culture for her since she was harassed and bullied for being “Red” throughout her lifetime. From that moment on, I knew I had to involve Native American culture into my path of career.
Explain your Community Service project:
My mentor, Dr. James David Adams, Jr., a professor at the USC School of Pharmacy, spent 14 years working with one of the last Chumash healers, named Ms. Cecilia Garcia (now passed in 2012). They published a book together called Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West (see link) of which my mother and I were each given a hard copy signed by Dr. Adams himself, on the first day of my internship. During my internship I was able to learn the different uses for California native medicinal plants and explore different native plant gardens in the L.A. area, especially some of the uses of Chumash tribal medicine. Each day we said a prayer, sung such beautiful and meaningful songs, and hiked up miles on trails to discuss the importance of native medicinal plants and the history of California Indians. I was also accompanied by two other prodigies of Dr. Adams. One of them was a Chinese herbalist, Michelle Wong, and another was Mr. Enrique Villasenor.
What was your most memorable moment from this experience?
The most memorable part of my experience was when we stood underneath a beautiful, giant cacti during a hike, and that day my mother and I both learned that cacti was used for food and medicinal purposes through my tribe, Seminole-Creek (Mvskogee) in which neither one of us had known about that fact until that moment. Dr. Adams, and Mr. Villasenor brought up an interesting point by explaining that the possible reason as to why a lot of my family members have certain health issues could be based on the fact that we lack our natural, native nutrient for our bodies.
Did this experience help clarify your future career goals? Why or why not?
Yes, this experience did clarify my future career goals because I always wanted to have a career in the field of medicine, but at the same time, I loved learning and studying more about my culture and other aboriginal cultures since I grew ignorant of it from post-transgenerational trauma concerning my family and myself from being bullied for our appearance because we looked different---because we were Natives and/or mixed Natives. Therefore, I decided to take the initiative to include “the best of both worlds” into my education and study pre-pharmacology. My ideal focus would be pharmacology and toxicology along with drawing influences from Indigenous ways of medicine and Western/modern ways of medicine to create less side effects in drugs. Basically, I’m hoping to earn the title of a biomedical scientist/PharmD in modern terms or as my grandmother would call it, “a medicine woman”.
This experience also opened my eyes to the importance of tribal medicine that is needed in the pharmaceutical industry since there’s so many mistakes in modern medicine. As my mentor, Dr. James David Adams, said, “The FDA is a racist organization that took American Indian medicine off the market when I was a boy," and since then he has been fighting against the FDA with multiple attempts to get American Indian medicine back into the pharmaceutical market, which has been an ongoing and extremely difficult process. The other problem is that people are not aware of the true knowledge of tribal medicinal plants. Meaning, not only is the knowledge of the uses of native medicinal plants going extinct in some indigenous cultures, but also the uses of native medicinal plants are being abused by ignorance of many to this day, especially medicines that are very sacred. An example of this occurrence is when people use ridiculous amounts of Sage and essential oils, which can become dangerous for the environment and the individual. For these reasons mentioned above, I plan to continue studying the uses of tribal medicinal plants, and after I graduate from SDSU, I hope to become a prodigy under Dr. Adams, while studying and researching pharmacology and toxicology at the USC School of Pharmacy.
To learn more about majoring or minoring in American Indian Studies at SDSU, visit our website.
This event will be at the Hacienda Hotel in Old Town with a dinner-lecture on the early evening of Wednesday, June 26th
Richard L. Carrico, writer, educator, and wine maker, is a lecturer in the Department of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University. He is a well-respected scholar, public speaker, and researcher who has made significant contributions to our understanding of the local Native American culture.
He has an M.A. from the University of San Diego in History and B. A. degrees from San Diego State University in both History and Anthropology.
His primary area of research is the Indians of California and northern Mexico. In addition to more than 30 publications in professional journals, Richard is the author of Images of America Series: Ramona and other books including the recently released and revised Strangers in a Stolen Land: The Indians of San Diego County from Prehistory to the New Deal; San Diego's Ghosts and Hauntings; and History of the Wineries of San Diego County. He also has authored stand-alone chapters in five academic books. He is pleased and greatly complemented to make this presentation.
As San Diego commemorates 250 years since the founding of the San Diego Presidio and the first mission in Alta California, we have an unique opportunity to take a good, hard look at the role of the Presidio in our early history. The image that first settlement appears from the mists of time and the dust of archaeological excavation is a complex one as it relates to treatment of indigenous people.
This presentation focuses specifically on the Spanish colonial system as implemented at the Presidio de San Diego from 1770 to 1820. Emphasis will be placed on how indigenous men and women ended up in the presidio prison, laws and regulations that were applied to prisoners, the methods used to extract testimony, and instances of moral valor and of moral turpitude, Richard will strongly suggest that the legal and moral system practiced at the presidio included torture, leniency, close adherence to the law, and wild variations in the application of Spanish laws—in other words an out of balance, often incoherent system of law and justice.
New lab space in Hardy Tower being built for Assistant Professor Peter Nelson
We are excited to announce that a new lab is being constructed for the Indigenous archaeological and tribal research being conducted by Dr. Peter Nelson (and his students), and to support courses being taught by our department. The lab is nearing completion, and we will post photos soon!
In Fall, we hope to hold an Open House - so plan to check it out and help us celebrate this wonderful new space!
Winner of the Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award for the SDSU Class of 2019
Shurene was named the winner of SDSU’s 2019 Irwin Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award, which recognizes a graduating senior who has shown exceptional entrepreneurial achievement as an undergraduate. The award, presented to her at the SDSU Arts and Letters commencement ceremony by Mr. Peter Zahn, includes a $25,000 scholarship. Shurene graduated with honors and a double major in American Indian Studies, from the College of Arts and Letters, and Social Work, from the College of Health and Human Services. She is a recognized member of the Shoshone-Paiute tribe who reside on the Duck Valley reservation in Owyhee, Nevada. Following graduation, Shurene will enter the advanced-standing Graduate Program in Social Work. The program will focus on one of Premo’s personal passions, child welfare, and will include an internship with the County of San Diego, possibly within its Indian Specialty Unit.
Link to SDSU Newscenter Article
Link to video from Commencement (skip to 1:17:45 to see Shurene receive her award)
MAY 23, 2019
Conference Room 1 on 4th Floor, Calpulli Center
A social event for Native/Indigenous faculty, staff, and allies to celebrate the creation of Native American and Indigenous Faculty and Staff Association at SDSU. Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
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Jen Rickard, Ph.D., Chair
Olivia Chilcote, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Chris Medellin, Secretary
More Information: AmericanIndianStudies@sdsu.edu
Congratulations to all of our recent grads! The 2019 American Indian Graduation and Honoring Ceremony was held on May 10th at the Mission Trails Visitor Center.
We celebrated the achievements of the following graduates:
Susana Caracoza - B.A. in Anthropology & B.A. in American Indian Studies
Rachel M. Geisler (San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians) - B.A. in Journalism, Minor in American Indian Studies
Jade Lauren Johnson (Diné Deesgcguu;buu Clan) - B.S. in Chemistry, Double Minor in Sustainability & Mathematics
Lauren J. Mapp (Kanien'kehá ka, Turtle Clan) - B.A. in Journalism, Minor in American Indian Studies
Daniel Jason Peralta (Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians) - B.A. in American Indian Studies, Minor in Anthropology
Shurene Larae Premo (Newe-Numa Nation/Tosa Wihi [White Knife] Band of Western Shoshone) - B.A. in Social Work, B.A. in American Indian Studies, Outstanding Graduating Senior in American Indian Studies
Reyna Reynosa (Navajo, Apache, Mexican) - B.A. in American Indian Studies
Alexandra Toure (Aniyunwiya [Tsalagi], Choctaw, Muskogee Creek) - B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Focus in Educational Leadership, Minor in Cultural Proficiency
Eric Cruz - M.S. in School Counseling
Ann Huynh - M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis in School Psychology
Marisa Leone - M.S. in School Counseling
Shafiq Sami Nashashibi - M.S. Counseling with an emphasis in School Psychology
Lora Sherice Paz (Ysleta del sur Pueblo) - M.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Kyle Mason Vance (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) - M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis in School Psychology
Jennifer Kim Vo - M.S. in School Counseling
Marcus Yazzie (Diné) - M.S. in Accounting
Tiffany Haswood (Diné) - Ed.S. in School Psychology
Paul Pham - Ed.S. in School Psychology
Congratulations to all the graduates! Also, congratulations to Dr. David Kamper, who was selected as the "Most Influential Faculty Member" by our Outstanding Graduating Senior, Shurene Premo.
Photo Album - 2019 American Indian Studies Graduation & Honoring Ceremony
Two opportunities to attend:
- Tuesday, April 30, 7PM at The Loft @ UCSD (door at 6:30)
- Wednesday, May 1, 4PM at SHW-011 @ SDSU (reception to follow)
Tommy "Teebs" Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, and Junk. He also co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA), co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation, he now splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
UCSD: The Loft, Inter-Tribal Resource Center, Institute for Arts & Humanities, Critical Mission Studies, Department of Theater and Dance, Literature Department New Writing Series, LGBTQIA+ Living and Learning Community, Department of Ethnic Studies. SDSU: Associated Students, Native American Student Alliance, Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars & Leaders Program, Educational Opportunities Programs and Ethnic Affairs, Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming. COMMUNITY: The Viejas Tribal Education Center
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Students in the M.A. Postsecondary Educational Leadership / Student Affairs Program invites you to join them for a guest lecture with:
Thursday, May 2nd
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Adams Humanities 3177
San Diego State University
Funded by Student Success Fee, Academic Related Programs
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Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Location: ENS Field adjacent to Music Building
Bird Singing - 10AM
Gourd Dancing - 11AM
Grand Entry - noon
Admission is to free and open to all.
Vendor Information: Chris Medellin at EYScholars@sdsu.edu
General Information: 619-594-8363 or EYScholars@sdsu.edu
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Sponsored by the Native American Student Alliance, the SDSU Educational Opportunities Programs and Ethnic Affairs, the SDSU Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program, the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming, and the SDSU Department of American Studies.
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ATTENTION GRADUATING STUDENTS:
Are you a Native American student who will be graduating from SDSU this May or August (or recently graduated in December)? If so, we would like to invite you (and your family and friends) to attend our upcoming American Indian Graduation Ceremony.
The Department of American Indian Studies, the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming, the Native American Scholars and Collaborators program, the Native American Student Alliance, the Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program, and the Tribal Gaming Student Association are planning a special graduation ceremony for our majors, minors and Native American students on the evening of Friday, May 10, 2019. The ceremony will be held at Mission Trails Park Visitor Center Amphitheater (1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
At the ceremony, each graduate will receive individual recognition, and will be given the opportunity to express appreciation to family, friends and others. Thus, the ceremony presents an occasion for you to acknowledge those special people in your life who have helped you attain your goals. A short reception will precede the ceremony.
If you are graduating and would like to be included (or would like to attend as a guest), please email Kate Regan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 619-594-6991.
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SDSU's English Graduate Student Organization invites proposals from graduate and undergraduate students, for the...
This year’s theme, “Present Paradox,” seeks to draw attention to the persistence of the past in our current forms of critique but also to the potential for new forms of engagement that the present offers. As such, we encourage submissions that engage in discussions of the status quo, political climate, or points of contention in scholarship and criticism, but with an emphasis on the future as much as the past. In do so, we hope that this year’s theme allows us to address issues and concerns in our disciplines and in the world at large but that also identifies possible solutions and new directions. It also allows for a consideration of the stakes and implications of raising issues within our work.
Some suggested themes or topics include: Bodies/Body Politics, Temporality, Cultural Studies, LGBTQ+ Representations, Gender and Sexuality, Translation/Communications, Indigenous Studies, Post-Colonial, Critical Race Studies, Media/Culture/Popular Culture, Subversion/Counter-Culture, Mirrors, Trauma/Hurt/Recovery, and Youth Studies.
Email submissions to email@example.com - deadline is March 29, 2019.
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Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Room 361 in the Arts & Letters Bldg.
Est. 1971, the Native American Student Alliance at San State University continues to promote a Native American presence on campus. We are a culturally, socially, and politically active organization. We host an array of events to help promote the recruitment and retention of Native American and Alaskan Native students.
NASA's Events include the annual SDSU Pow Wow, Youth Empowerment Conference, Native American Heritage Month, and Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Facebook: @SDSUNASA on Facebook
Instagram: @SDSUNASA on Instagram
The title of her lecture was: "Thanks for Coming, Now Give the Land Back: Decolonial Musings, Radical Imagination, and Yes, Your Mascot Is Racist."
If you are interested in Dr. Risling Baldy's book, We Are Dancing for You: Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women's Coming-of-Age Ceremonies, check Amazon.com.
And we encourage you to support the We Are Dancing for You Book Project, that donates and distributes the book to American Indian youth centers, Native rehabilitation programs, Youth and Adult correctional facilities, and Tribal libraries across the state of California. The book project allows anyone to puchase a copy of We Are Dancing for You to be sent to one of these many facilities in California.
The We Are Dancing For You book project is sponsored by the Native Women's Collective.
For more information, download the poscard, or visit www.nativewomenscollective.org/bookproject.
The award recognizes Outstanding Contributions Towards the Study and Preservation of California's Missions, Presidios, and Ranchos.
Professor Carrico explained more about the award:
"At the conference, and as part of my efforts to decolonize San Diego's early history by acknowledging the indigenous people and telling at least part of their story, I presented a paper on the "Women of Presidio San Diego 1770-1835" and focused on the ethnic and cultural diversity of the women as early San Diego pioneers. I closed my presentation with the story of Sinusin, a Tipai woman from a South Bay village who married a Spanish soldier from Sinaloa Mexico in 1775 and the story of her granddaughters who lived in Old Town San Diego in the 1830-1850 period. My approach to California Mission Studies is to deromanticize the period and to flesh out the indigenous men and women who, while maintaining agency, were affected by the mission system and are a major part of any telling of the Spanish colonial story."
The folks in the photo are left to right: David Bolton, Executive Director of the CMF; Richard Carrico, Department of American Indian Studies; Dr. Iris Engstrand, Professor Emerita USD; and Michael Imwalle, Chairman of CMF.
We commend Prof. Carrico for this achievement!
The SDSU Department of American Indian Studies presents:
Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy is an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. Her research is focused on Indigenous feminisms, California Indians and decolonization. She is the author of a popular blog (www.cutcharislingbaldy.com/blog) that explores issues of social justice, history and California Indian politics and culture. Dr. Risling Baldy's first book We Are Dancing For You: Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women's Coming-of-Age Ceremonies considers how revitalization of coming-of-age ceremonies challenges anthropological theories about menstruation, gender, and coming-of-age, and addresses gender inequality and gender violence within Native communities. The book is available with the University of Washington Press and major book sellers and retailers. Dr. Risling Baldy is Hupa, Yurok and Karuk and an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Northern California. In 2007, Dr. Risling Baldy cofounded the Native Women's Collective, a nonprofit organization that supports the continued revitalization of Native American arts and culture where she serves as the Executive Director. She lives in Humboldt County with her family and their puppy, Buffy.
This event is free and open to the public.
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More Information: 619-594-6991 or AmericanIndianStudies@sdsu.edu
Native Voices at the Autry, America's Leading Native American Theatre Company Invites You to the World Premiere of
A New Play by Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora)
Directed by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw)
- March 8-24, 2019
- Wells Fargo Theater at the Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA
- Student Matinees Friday, March 15 and March 22, 11:00 a.m. ($2 per person)
When “prodigal son” Brewster White returns to the reservation after an unexplained self-exile, he has a plan to add something new to the community; something he thinks can help them and its flailing economy. Can he convince the tribal council and clan mothers to lease "Rez" water rights to a large food conglomerate that wants to sell Pure Native bottled water? He's offering his newfound expertise in the bottled water industry and his mother's riverfront property for a water refinery and bottling plant. The only problem–his close friends and family aren't on board, and his old love Connie is fiercely opposed. Will the community vote to change their recipe for traditional life with a proposal to bring hundreds of jobs to the Rez if it risks dramatically changing their daily lives? Or will they hang on to tradition?
Performances run 90 minutes with a 15 minute intermission. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
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AMIND/ANTH 451 (Instructor: Dr. Olivia Chilcote)
Ever thought about:
¬who is a "real Indian"?
¬who gets to decide?
¬how do you know? DNA tests? Family stories? Tribal enrollment? Federal government?
In AMIND/ANTH 451 you will study these questions and more as you learn about the complex, controversial, and ever-changing meaning of American Indian identity in the U.S.
This class will be taught entirely online. The course has no prerequisites and satisfies the Explorations-Social and Behavioral Sciences (IV.B) graduation requirement. Non-matriculated students may enroll through Open University.
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The SDSU Native American Student Alliance presents:
Saturday, February 9, 2019
SDSU Student Union
NASA will host a one-day conference for local Native students on Saturday, February 9, 2019. More information will be available soon, but in the meantime, please hold the date and plan to attend.
If you know of any middle-school or high-school students who may want to attend, please contact NASA at NASA.SDSU.YEC@gmail.com
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