Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 24, 2001 - Issue 30



Native American Woman Awarded Fellowship


art "Creating Turtle Island" by Diane Way

We are pleased to announce that Diane Way (Lakota/Cheyenne) has been awarded the Literary Fellowship - Playwriting for 2001-02 from the Arts Council of Silicon Valley.

Diane is the first Native American woman to win this fellowship from the Arts Council.

In the Literary Arts, her professional credits include the 1997 Frank Silvera's Writers' Workshop award, the American Theatre Association National Award and The Women's Conference National and International Awards in play writing. Diane's writing credits include "Magnum, p.i." (television) and films "All My Relations" and "Spirit Dance." Diane is a Story Teller, performing and conducting oral tradition/oral history workshops world wide.

Diane is a visual artist, and her computer-rendered photography was featured in Ableza's exhibit "Ancient Whispers/Future Voices" at the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Arts. Her recent series, "Honor and Pain," is featured on the Ableza web site.

As a Theatrician, Diane has pursued a successful career in acting and directing for both stage and film. Diane's play, "Tiospei," was selected for the Frank Silvera Writer's Workshop Reader's Series in 1997.

As an Arts-Educator, Diane filled The Allan T. Gilliland Endowed Chair at San Jose State University teaching seven upper-division sections in script writing and oral tradition and inter-session sections of oral tradition at Stanford University.

Diane is the Artistic Director of Ableza and F.A.C.Y.T. (First Americans Conservatory Youth Theatre.) Some of Diane's performance skills can be seen on the Native American Virtual Cultural Center.

Congratulations to Diane Way for this wonderful recognition of her artistic talents.

You can view some of Diane's work and find out more about Ableza at their website:





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