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

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UPCOMING: Monday-Tuesday, November 13-14, 2017    

Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/Paiute-Shoshone)
Filmmaker, Activist, Founder: Digital Smoke Signals

Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock

RECEPTION / SCREENING / Q&A: Nov. 13, 6 p.m.  Sun Devil Marketplace, 660 S. College Avenue, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85281  

RECEPTION / SCREENING / Q&A: Nov. 14, 6 p.m.  Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Avenue (Central & Encanto), Phoenix, AZ 85004

Free of charge and open to the public.

Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/Paiute-Shoshone) is from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Agui Diccutta Band (Trout Eaters) on his father’s side and Bishop Paiute Tribe on his mother’s side. Dewey is founder and owner of Digital Smoke Signals, a social media and film company. He holds AA and BS degrees from Haskell Indian Nations University and an MA from the University of Kansas.

With Josh Fox and James Spione, Dewey co-directed the documentary film Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock, which chronicles the #NoDAPL peaceful protests on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017, the film has been called “powerful” by the Hollywood Reporter and “an evocative wake-up call told as a visual poem” by IndieWireAwake does not follow a single protagonist but instead forms a “pastiche” of narrative, mostly indigenous, voices. Dewey’s drone footage adds both immediacy and perspective, making him “one of the most closely followed journalists to come out of the movement” (IndieWire). For Dewey’s work, Awake won the Special Founders Prize for Citizen Journalism at the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival, which was founded by legendary documentarian Michael Moore.

Filmmaker Myron Dewey / Courtesy photo

Photo courtesy Myron Dewey 

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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 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