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Southeastern hosts Native American Symposium

October 31, 2019

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be hosting the

Thirteenth Native American Symposium on Friday, November 1.  The event features presentations and discussions on Native American history, cultural identity, literature, art, education, economics, religion, philosophy, and film. All symposium sessions are free and open to the public.

Listed below is the complete schedule of events:

9 am – Native Literature Here and Abroad – Student Union Auditorium 213

 Marija Krivokapic, University of Montenegro, “Teaching Native American Literature in Montenegro”

Frederic Murray and Marc DiPaolo, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, “Validity & Voice in Native Comics: Kiowa Dinosaur Hunters, Trickster Tales & Moonshots”

9 am –  Native Student Writing  – Student Union 323

Tara Hembrough and Amy Madewell, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “A Study of Rural and Native-American Students’ Military Identities, and Reading and Writing Interests in a Military-friendly, Military-themed Composition Course”

Tara Hembrough, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Utilizing Digital Storytelling in Composing Apocalyptic and Post-apocalyptic Fiction for Digital Storybooks: A Case Study of Rural and Native American College Students”

9 am – Native Art and Aesthetics –  Student Union 303

Amy Gantt, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Native Women in the Arts”

Timothy Petete, University of Central Oklahoma, “Restless Natives: Indigenous Aesthetic Engagement in the 21st Century”

10 am – Native Violence – Student Union Auditorium 213

David Michael Smith, Emeritus, University of Houston-Downtown, “The Violence Has Never Stopped: Police Murders and Mistreatment of Indigenous People in the Twenty-First Century”

Matthew J. Sparacio, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “The Gendered Violence of Settler Colonialism Across Centuries”

10 am – Native Assimilation – Student Union 323

 Stevie N. Jackson III, Southern Nazarene University, “Creek Freedmen: A Struggle for Acceptance and Citizenship”

Keisha Morris, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Finding Identity: Life Branded by a Blue Tattoo”

10 am – Native Ways of Knowing and Being – Student Union 303

 B. Steve Csaki, Independent Scholar, “Traditional Ecological Knowledge”

Tricia Hornback, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Leadership, Decolonization and Survivance”

10 am – Native Colonization – Student Union 202

 Samantha Stevens, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, “Exporting the White Saviour: The Colonial Textual Influence on Canadian/Indigenous Relationships”

Craig A. Meyer, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, “Considering Ethos as Haunt and Wound: An Opportunity to Heal”

11 am – Native History and Women – Student Union Auditorium 213

Meta G. Carstarphen, University of Oklahoma, “What, Then, Is A Treaty? Examining the Rhetoric of Trans-Negotiation

Courtney Lynn Whited, Oklahoma State University, “(Re)Indigenizing Feminist Futures: Present and Future Possibilities in Erika Wurth’s Prose”

11 am –  Native Existentialism – Student Union 323

Cassandra Hembree, East Central University, “Tewa Culture through an Existential Lens”

Emily Angell, East Central University, “Storytelling as Revolt”

11 am – Native Film – Student Union 303

 Jennifer McMahon, East Central University, “Cowboy, ‘Indian’, Rider: Deconstructing Dichotomous Stereotypes in The Rider”

Tanja Bakic and Marija Krivokapic, University of Montenegro, “Tribal Resolutions: “Dead Man” Case in Montenegro”

1 pm – Featured Speaker  –  Jane Semple Umsted – Student Union Auditorium 213 

The Choctaw painter and sculptor Jane Semple Umsted will discuss the new Native American Art Museum currently under construction to permanently house Southeastern’s two major Native art collections, for which her family is the principal benefactor, along with the new Cultural Center being built by the Choctaw Nation.

1:45 pm – Original Poetry and Prose – Student Union Auditorium 213

 Jeffrey DeLotto, Texas Wesleyan University, “A Caddo’s Way”

Ron Wallace, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Poems from The Last Blue Sky

1:45 pm – Native Identities – Student Union 323

 Mike Taylor, University of Mary, “The Red & Green ‘Problem’ Peoples: Shared Cross Cultural Affinity of Native Americans and Irish”

Stanley Rice, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “When To Be Cherokee and When Not To Be Cherokee”

Rolando Diaz, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Mechica: Indigenous Origin of   the Chicano Hybrid Identity”

1:45 pm – Native Economics – Student Union 303

 Stephen L. Egbert, University of Kansas, “The Indian Industrial Surveys of 1922 –  Assessing Progress to Assimilation”

Megan Baker, UCLA, “Building More than an Economy: ‘Poverty’ and Choctaw Economic Development in Southeastern Oklahoma”

Terrie A. Becerra, Christine Pappas, Heather Hall, East Central University, “Water as a Cultural Resource: A Qualitative Look at Tribal and Non-Tribal Stakeholders”

3:15 pm – Film Showing – Before Tomorrow– Student Union Auditorium 213

Before Tomorrow is the third film in the Inuit trilogy that began with Zacharias Kunuk’s Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001) and The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006). Directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu, and based on the novel Før Morgendagen by the Danish writer Jorn Riel, it is set in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec during the 1840s and tells the lyrical and poignant tale of an Inuk elder and her grandson after the rest of their community perishes from smallpox contracted from European traders.