Previous Symposium
JUNE 14-16, 2007
Native Voices: Indigenous Language and Poetry
with keynote speaker Leslie Marmon Silko

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Keynote speaker, Leslie Marmon Silko 

Native Voices: Indigenous Language and Poetry Symposium
June 14 - June 16 2007

Keynote Address by Leslie Marmon Silko
with featured artists:
Sherwin Bitsui, Briceida Cuevas Cob, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Joy Harjo, Rex Lee Jim, Danny Lopez, Simon Ortiz, Luci Tapahonso, Laura Tohe, Ofelia Zepeda

The Poetry Center, in partnership with American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI), presented Native Voices to explore themes of indigenous language from the perspective of storytellers, poets, and scholars. This national symposium brought together more than a dozen distinguished writers and storytellers who presented their work, led classes, and engaged in discussion with one another.

Re-weaving Indigenous Voices: Using Linguistics as a Tool for Translating Indigenous Texts
Dr. Akira Yamamoto, Dr. Mary Ann Willie, Dr. Susan Penfield

Contemporary Indigenous Mexican Women Poets
Javier Duran and Briceida Cuevas Cob

Storytelling for Children
Danny Lopez

The Sestina and Saad: Fixed Forms and Diné Literary Traditions
Luci Tapahonso

Using Indigenous Models for Language Arts in Schools
Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer

Picking Up Words, Creating Poems, Writing Stories
Laura Tohe

Beauty of Sound and Meaning: American Indian Oral Tradition
Frances Washburn

A Language of Journey
Ofelia Zepeda

Image Speak
Sherwin Bitsui

A Filmic Language Documentation of the Nez Perce and Sahaptin Languages
Phil Cash Cash

Approaches to Indigenous Literature
Simon Ortiz

O'odham Doesn't Rhyme, But It Has Meter: Writing Poetry in an American Indian Language
Ofelia Zepeda

Panel Discussion: Indigenous Language and Poetry
Moderator: Leslie Marmon Silko
Panelists: Briceida Cuevas Cob, Javier Duran, Nora Dauenhauer, Rex Lee Jim, Luci Tapahonso, & Ofelia Zepeda

Tohono & Akimel O'odham Songs as Poetry
Daniel Lopez, Regina Siquieros, Ronald Geronimo, Mary Pablo, Mary Makil, Gwen Paul

Transcribing, Translating, and Publishing Tlingit Oral Tradition
Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer

Oral Tradition and Reader Response
Rex Lee Jim

Telling Our Stories: American Indian Fiction
Frances Washburn

Getting the Word Out: Creating Literature in Native Classrooms
Kit McIlroy

Yoeme History and Literature
Felipe Molina and Herminia Valenzuela