2017-2018 Events

Events Hosted by NAIS

A Film Screening and Discussion of “Mashpee Nine: The Beat Goes On”
On November 17, NAISI hosted a film screening of “Mashpee Nine: The Beat Goes On”, featuring a discussion with director Paula Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag) and Martin “Bruzzy” Hendricks (Mashpee Wampanoag). A story of injustice, outrage, activism and vindication that fostered cultural pride and unity among the members of a small Native American tribe on Cape Cod. A 40 year retrospective of an event that occurred in the summer of 1976 when a group including traditional Mashpee Wampanoag drummers were raided and brutally arrested. This film tells their story.

An Evening with Diane Glancy
Diane Glancy writes about Indian education, the sad history that began in boarding school, and its lasting effects. On February 27, Glancy read from Report to the Department to the Interior, University of New Mexico Press, 2015, which won the 2016 Willa Poetry Award
from Women Writing the West.
Constructed as a series of reports to the Department of the Interior, these poems of grief, anger, defiance, and resistance focus on the oppressive educational system adopted by Indian boarding schools and the struggle Native Americans experienced to retain and honor traditional ways of life and culture.
Diane is professor emerita at Macalester College. Currently, she teaches in the MFA low-residency program at Carlow University. Among her awards are two National Endowment for the Arts, a Minnesota Book Award, an Oklahoma Book Award, an American Book Award and a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.

Native American and Indigenous Studies Brown Bag ft. Theresa Warburton and Isabella Robbins
Native American and Indigenous Studies held the first Brown Bag of the semester on March 14, 2018. Theresa Warburton and Isabella Robbins presented on their current research projects.
Theresa Warburton: “’What Looks Like a Grave’: Reading Settler Anarchism in New England through Cheryl Savageau’s Mother/Land
In this talk, Dr. Warburton considered New England as a formative location in the structure of both American and settler anarchist identity then extends this consideration to ask how poetry might transform the anarchist investment in the structure of settlement that remains tied to the cultural significance of the region. Using the analytic structure developed by White Earth Ojibwe historian Jean M. O’Brien in her work on New England, Dr. Warburton located the structure of settlement within the development of an American strain of anarchism in the early 20th century through the solidification of the Northeastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists in the early 21st century. Alongside this analysis, she considered how such a structure might be undone using the methodology developed by Abenaki poet Cheryl Savageau in her collection Mother/Land.
Isabella Robbins: “Curating Bears Ears, (Contemporary) Indigenous Art, and Sacred Lands.”
Isabella discussed potential art pieces to be exhibited at the Haffenreffer Museum and how they will attempt to tell the story of a movement and fight that aims to use a government agency to protect the land. Themes of the exhibition include the role of women and youth in the movement, inter-tribal collaboration and support and the movement as a method of healing.

Photographing Indian Country: Taking Back Our Narrative
Adam Sings In The Timber, Apsaalooke (Crow), is a documentary photographer and film-maker whose work is focused on the lives and culture of Native American people across the country. In this lecture, he described his education and experience as an indigenous photojournalist whose desire it is to capture the beauty of Native American culture without entirely shying away from the realities of poverty, addiction and abuse. How do we ethically portray Indigenous communities through art and research? How do we create art that captures the on the ground reality while still portraying people in a way that makes them proud to be who they are? Sings In The Timber also discussed the ethics of working in Native American communities and how he approaches both his own tribe and other tribes when he is photographing their stories. He also discussed the impact that social media has made on his own photography and growth as both a Native American and Journalist.

Photography Workshop with Adam Sings in the Timber
Adam Sings in the Timber lead a photography workshop in which he covered some of the technical basics of digital photography (professional cameras and smart phones), the art of sharing work in real time, as well as apps that he uses in the fieldfor editing, and the social media networks he uses to share his work with people.

Native to Modernism: The Art and Politics of Mary Sully
Kathryn O. Greenburg Presidential Lecture
Professor Philip J. Deloria, Harvard University Between the late 1920s and the mid 1940s, Dakota Sioux artist Mary Sully created a unique portfolio of art, completely unknown to contemporary American or American Indian art history. Deeply engaged with modernist art and design, and with indigenous women’s expressive traditions of the northern Plains, Sully’s work is both aesthetically pleasing and conceptually challenging. In this talk, Professor Deloria offered close readings of several images in order to make the case that Sully’s art belongs in, and alters, the canon of American and American Indian arts of the twentieth century—and that its engagement with “culture and personality” anthropology helped produce a politics visible in both form and content.

Events Supported By NAIS

2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration | October 8, 2017
Presented by Native Americans at Brown and the Native American Heritage Series

Samson Occom and the Uses of Bibliography Lecture by Michael Kelly | November 2, 2017
Presented by John Carter Brown Library

Descriptive Bibliography as Research Methodology: A Case Study of Samson Occom | November 3, 2017
Presented by John Carter Brown Library

Uniting to Resist Attacks on our Land and our Identities: Building on the Queer Indigenous Movement in the Americas ft. Gaspar Sanchez | November 8, 2017
Presented by The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Witness for Peace

The Sioux Chef: An Indigenous Kitchen ft. Sean Sherman | November 8, 2017
Presented by Food Studies at Brown

And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears ft. DeLanna Studi | December 5-6, 2017
Presented by Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown Arts Initiative, and Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program

The Business of Acting with DeLanna Studi | December 7, 2017
Presented by Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Brown Arts Initiative

Undoc-QT ARTivism: Creating Beyond Borders | March 1, 2018
Presented by LGBTQ Center and FLi Center

NAB Wellness Retreat | March 9-11, 2018
Presented by Native American Brown Alumni

Fort Apache: Conflict, Conservation, and (Re) Conciliation(?) in Indian Country ft. John R. Welch | April 5, 2018
Presented by Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Sioux Surveillance: The Drone Warriors and the #NoDAPL Movement ft. Myron Dewey, Lisa Parks, and Jennifer Weston | April 10, 2018
Presented by Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

Sacred Sites, Federal Indian Law, and the Future ft. Rebecca Tsosie, Mattchew Fletcher, Wendsler Nosie Sr., and Nizhoni Pike | April 20, 2018
Presented by Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicty in America

17th Annual Spring Thaw Powwow | April 21, 2018
Presented by Native American Heritage Series

Poetry Reading ft. Layli Long Soldier | April 26, 2018
Presented by Literary Arts at Brown

Native Americans at Brown Commencement Dinner | May 27, 2018
Presented by Native American Brown Alumni