Okla. Northeastern State University and its Center for Tribal
Studies are inviting people to the 41st annual Symposium on the
American Indian on April 10-13 at its Tahlequah campus.
This years theme is Technology Future, Technology
Past: A Woven Link.
Indigenous societies have endured as technological innovations
have effected massive cultural change. The spiritual paths taken
are interwoven as living links between the past and the future,
the events website states. As we enter the environment
of cloud technologies, the rapid acceleration of computer engineering
is in some ways leading us into a complex realm of little understood
ecosystems through which we must, sometimes blindly, navigate. In
the Native universe, we must carefully consider our trust relationship
Confirmed keynote speakers are Charles Chief Boyd,
Dr. Daniel Littlefield Jr., Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Bunky Echo-Hawk,
Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald and Dr. Pamela Munro.
Boyd has been an architect with Thalden Boyd Emery Architects
since 1978 and is a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder.
He has experience with American Indian projects beginning in 1963
with the Cherokee Heritage Center, and his keynote symposium address
will observe its 50th anniversary. He has worked with 45 tribes
across the country and is a renowned Native American architect.
Since 1964, he has been the official architect to the Cherokee National
Historical Society and serves on its board. He is the architect
of the CHCs Ancient Village addition.
Littlefield is a history scholar and director of the Sequoyah
National Research Center at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock,
home to the American Native Press Archives, which he co-founded
in 1983. The ANPA contains newspaper and periodical publications
from more than 2,100 titles by American Indian nations, individuals
and organizations. It also contains American Indian manuscripts,
scholarly works and records and biographical information on about
4,500 Native American writers.
Wildcat is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University
in Lawrence, Kan., with published works on indigenous knowledge,
technology, environment and education. He is also co-director of
the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center, which he founded
with colleagues from the Center for Hazardous Substance Research
at Kansas State University. A Yuchi citizen of the Muscogee (Creek)
Nation, Wildcat is co-author of Power and Place: Indian Education
in America and co-editor of Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria
Jr., and His Influence on American Society.
Echo-Hawk is a multifaceted creator of art whose work spans
media, lifestyle and pop culture. A graduate of the Institute of
American Indian Arts, he is an artist, graphic designer, photographer,
writer and a nonprofit professional. He is also a Pawnee/Yakama
singer and dancer.
Munro is a professor of linguistics at the University of California-Los
Angeles specializing in American Indian languages. She helped create
the dictionaries for the San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec, Chickasaw
and Wolof tribes.
Leading the annual Indigenous Language Documentation and Revitalization
Seminar, co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Native Language Association,
is Fitzgerald from the University of Texas-Arlington and Dr. Brad
Montgomery-Anderson of the NSU College of Liberal Arts. Fitzgerald
and Montgomery-Anderson will conduct the seminar from 6 p.m. to
8 p.m. on April 11 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 12 in the
University Center Morgan Room.
is free and open to Native language practitioners, speakers, students
and others interested in language revitalization. The seminar is
supported by an Oklahoma Humanities Council grant and is open to
Other scheduled presenters are Becky Chandler and Karissa Pickett
of Chickasaw Nation Communications and Creative Services, as well
as Tom Mooney, Mickel Yantz and Tonia Hogner of the CHC. Luncheon
speakers are Chris Samples of Redstone Construction and Cherokee
Nation storyteller Robert Lewis.
A pre-symposium film series is set for April 8-9 with the symposium
schedule running April 10-13.
The annual powwow is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April
12 and 2 p.m. to midnight on April 13 in the University Center Ballroom.
The Friday schedule includes gourd dancing at 6 p.m. and the grand
entry at 8 p.m. Saturday opens with gourd dancing, the powwow dinner
at 5 p.m. and the grand entry at 7 p.m. All activities are free
and open to the public.
The Center for Tribal Studies and the American Indian Heritage
Committee organized this years symposium. In collaboration
with the CHC, this years event will highlight the CNHS
For more information, call the Center for Tribal Studies at
918-444-4350. Vendor, sponsor and agenda information is available