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The Simon Ortiz RED INK Indigenous Speaker Series

Sponsored by the Labriola Center

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UPCOMING: Thursday-Friday, March 22-23, 2018    

Glen Juste (Gila River Tohono O'odham)
Sarita and Mac Nosie
 (White Mountain Apache)
Ksaws Brooks (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation)



Indigenous Epistemologies of Sustainable Geometries: Stories of the Cradleboard and Tipi featuring Sarita Nosie and Mac Nosie (indigenous foresters & ethnobotanists) with Glen Juste (roadman with Native American Church).  9:40-11:00 a.m. + 12:00-2:00 p.m. + Q&A and Music, SDFC Intramural Fields, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287 

Tamale Buffet (all are welcome).  11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL) 117, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287


The Tipi and the Story of Religious Freedom and Sovereignty featuring Ksaws Brooks (language preservation specialist) and Glen Juste (roadman with Native American Church).  10:00-11:20 a.m. + Q&A, Hayden Lawn, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287 

Free of charge and open to the public.

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"Geometries of Creation" by Tyson Powless / Courtesy of the artist

Original artwork (above) by Tyson Powless (Navajo):

My art piece Geometries of Creation reflects that unity of vision and sharing, that our stories are a lesson for relation and sustainability. This is why I drew from the possibilities of stars in the sky to the relationship of the tipi poles. The Yei watch, heal, and offer balance to the new time becoming with their eyes, turning the four winds in Harmony. I use these symbols in my piece because they are ours, and represent a unity of Indigenous knowledge and teaching tools, with this reverence, Geometries of Creation takes back our symbols for the good. Geometries of Creation is about the construction of of Indigenous knowledge to help make our future a happy and sustainable one. It's about dreaming a different future because we held onto the knowledge of the past and now we're gonna use it. It's about using our Indigenous knowledge for innovation.

Note: The swastika symbol embedded in the work above is of Indigenous origin, and in this context means "movement in harmony, balance while in movement."


Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/Paiute-Shoshone): "Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock." Nov. 13-14, 2017  |  Video [coming soon]  |  PDF icon Poster  |  ASU Now story

Linda Hogan (Chickasaw): A Reading and Narrative Journey through Her Work. Mar. 23, 2017  |  Video [coming soon]  |  PDF icon Poster  |  ASU Now story

Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo): "Some Truths, but Lots of Lies: Indigenous Peoples in Children's Literature" Oct. 20, 2016  |  Video  |   Poster  |  ASU Now story

Manuelito Wheeler (Navajo): "Navajo Identity through Global Projects" Mar. 24, 2016  |  Video  |  Poster  |  ASU Now story

Lori Arviso Alvord (Navajo): "The Healing Properties of Navajo Ceremonies" Oct. 22, 2015  |  Video  |  Poster  |  ASU News story

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arlinda Locklear (Lumbee): "Tribal Land Claims: A Generation of Federal Indian Law on the Edge." Oct. 6, 2011  |  Video  |  Poster  |  ASU News story

Leroy Little Bear (Blackfoot): "Native Science and Western Science: Possibilities for a Powerful Collaboration." Mar. 24, 2011  |  Video  |  Poster  |  ASU News story 

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

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

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

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

Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee): "Challenges Facing 21st Century Indigenous People." Oct. 2, 2008  |  Video:  |  Poster  |  ASU News story

Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone): "Violence over the Land: Lessons from the Early American West." Jan. 28, 2008  |  Video:  |  Poster 



(Formerly the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community)

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 RED INK Indigenous Speaker Series sponsored by the Labriola Center 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 RED INK Indigenous Speaker Series seeks to speak, act, offer, and share in order to assume responsibility for land, culture, community that is our world.

ASU Sponsors: American Indian Studies Program  |  ASU Library  |  Department of English  |  Labriola National American Indian Data Center  | Office of American Indian Initiatives  |  Red Ink Initiative

Community Partner: Heard Museum