by Silke Kuhn '21
Lakota/Kiowa and Apache storyteller, artist and activist Dovie Thomason will deliver an origin story of the “Wild West” myth from an underrepresented perspective. Her “restorying” in the form of a performative lecture, “How the Wild West was Spun,” will take place Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium.
Thomason is an indigenous storyteller and advocate for the preservation of native cultural arts. She works with countless schools and universities to convey traditional, indigenous stories around the world. Thomason has partnered with notable organizations including the National Headstart Conference, TEDx Leadership Conference and NASA to deliver keynote addresses, workshops and consultations. She was honored as Traditional Storyteller of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and was the recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award. She is recognized as a master traditional teaching artist by the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and Smithsonian Association.
The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and a Civic Learning and Engagement Initiative Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund and the departments of English, anthropology & archaeology, sociology, history, American studies and theatre & dance.
Published October 11, 2018