The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community


Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015 :: "Indian Time" Talk, Discussion, and Film Screening
Victor Masayesva, Multimedia Producer, Hotevilla, AZ

7 p.m.    |   Heard Museum Downtown     |    2301 N. Central Avenue (Central & Encanto), Phoenix, AZ 85004 
602.252.8848     |    On the Encanto & Central Light Rail stop!

Free of charge and open to the public.    |   ASU News Story    |   Printable Flyer [PDF]

Victor Masayesva: "The notion of being part of a larger order is a lesson we do not impress on our youth, resulting in disparaging reflections on 'Indian Time' and feelings of abandonment by the culture at-large. By reinvigorating the sense of cosmic time, we can initiate the dialogue that our individual existences are a part of the larger planetary consciousness and reclaim 'Indian Time.'"  |  Full presentation abstract

Victor MasayesvaA member of the Hopi Tribe from Hotevilla, Victor Masayesva, Jr. has been a life long advocate for the ascendancy of the indigenous aesthetic in multimedia productions. He has promoted this aesthetic by curating programs at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and serving as artist-in-residence at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center, Banff Centre for the Arts and featured director and jurist at the Yamagata International Film Festival, and the CLACPI Festival in La Paz, Bolivia. Honored with the American Film Institute’s Maya Deren Award, Masayesva is an independent filmmaker who has been at the forefront of experimental filmmaking in the Native American media community. His publications include Husk of Time from the University of Arizona Press and his media work is included in the permanent collections at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Houston Museum of Art, Houston, TX; and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC.

Photo courtesy Victor Masayesva, IS Productions

ASU Campus Event

Weds., Mar. 19: 10:00 a.m. Campus Reception and Meet and Greet Victor Masayesva. Labriola Center, Hayden Library (LIB 2nd flr). Info.:  |  Printable flyer [PDF]


October, 2015: Lori Alvord (Navajo), Associate Dean of Admissions, University of Arizona Medical School, Tucson, AZ


Victor Masayesva (Hopi): "Indian Time" Mar. 19, 2015
Video: [link forthcoming]   |   Poster: PDF   |   ASU News story

Sandy Osawa (Makah): "Maria Tallchief" Oct. 16, 2014
Video:    |    Poster: PDF    |    ASU News story

Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne and Arapaho): "Heads Above Grass, Provocative Native American Public Art and Studio Practice" Mar. 20, 2014
Video:   |   Poster: PDF   |   ASU News story

Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree): "Detoxifying Aboriginal Self-perception and Outward Identity" Oct. 10, 2013
Video:   |  Poster: PDF    |   ASU News story

James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseño): "Phantasmagoria" Mar. 21, 2013
Video:   |   Poster: PDF

Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O'odham): "Legacies of the Tribal Languages of Arizona: Gifts or Responsibilities?" Oct. 11, 2012
Video:   |   Poster: PDF

Bob Haozous (Apache): "Redefining Indigenous Perspectives through Art and Dialogue." Mar. 15, 2012
Video:   |   Poster: PDF

Arlinda Locklear (Lumbee): "Tribal Land Claims: A Generation of Federal Indian Law on the Edge." Oct. 6, 2011
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Leroy Little Bear (Blackfoot): "Native Science and Western Science: Possibilities for a Powerful Collaboration." Mar. 24, 2011
Video:   |   Poster: PDF

Kathryn Shanley (Assiniboine): "'Mapping' Indigenous Futures: Creating a Native Voice in Higher Education." Oct. 7, 2010
Video:   |   Poster: PDF

Peterson Zah (Navajo): "Finally, We Are Growing Our Own." Mar. 25, 2010
Video:   |   Poster: PDF

Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo): An Evening with Leslie Marmon Silko, reading from memoir, Turquoise Ledge. Oct. 8, 2009
Video:   |   Poster: PDF

Gerald Taiaiake Alfred (Kahnawake Mohawk): "Resurgence of Traditional Ways of Being: Indigenous Paths of Action and Freedom." Mar. 23, 2009
Video:   |   Poster: PDF

Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee): "Challenges Facing 21st Century Indigenous People." Oct. 2, 2008
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Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone): "Violence over the Land: Lessons from the Early American West." Jan. 28, 2008
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To speak and act on behalf of ourselves as a human, social and cultural world, we are required to speak and act on behalf of land, culture, and community. No matter who we are, no matter what our livelihood is, and no matter what our inclinations are, we are bound by a relationship to the land upon which we live, the cultural knowledge by which we are guided, and the community we share with one another.

The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community at Arizona State University addresses topics and issues across disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and politics. Underscoring Indigenous American experiences and perspectives, this series seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive Indigenous worldview and that is applicable to all walks of life.

The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community seeks to speak, act, offer, and share in order to assume responsibility for land, culture, community that is our world.

ASU Sponsors: American Indian Policy Institute | American Indian Studies Program | Department of English | School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies | Indian Legal Program in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law | Labriola National American Indian Data Center | School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts | Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation

Community Partner: Heard Museum