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Labriola Show and Share with ASU Library Labriola Center

Date(s): Saturday, February 13, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Community Event, Conversation, Meet and Greet
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Creative Nonfiction, Family History, Indigenous, Storytelling
Cost: Free

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

About this Event

I still have many of his shirts, and his ties as well. He purchased everything he wore at Silverman's in Grand Forks. They carried the very best men's clothing, and he didn't buy much, but he was particular. I wore my father's ties to get me through law school at the University of Minnesota, and the bar exam after. For the time I was a public prosecutor, I wore his ties for the last week of every jury trial. I used to carry around his fountain pen, too, but I became afraid of losing it. I still have it, but I don't sign my tribal court opinions with it the way he did. The unfashionable ties are enough, the golden tassel in my drawer, and that I have always had a dog named Pearl. 

From The Round House by Louise Erdrich (246)

The Round House is all about personal and family stories. Your house is filled with stories, too. In the first installment of our three-part workshop series, join the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at ASU Library for a community-centered storytelling circle inspired by mementos, photographs, or other belongings in your home on Saturday, February 13, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom. 

Community members are encouraged to share photos and family archival material, and will learn how to be a Community Archivist. This event is a virtual space where the community can share stories and family memories and consists of a presentation that centers the archives from Indigenous perspectives.  Starting with a photo analysis exercise, community members are encouraged to share photos from their collection with other participants. Labriola staff will help facilitate the conversation and will share their insights on best archival practices. Participants are encouraged to explore and reassess their family archives while at home during the pandemic.

Please note: as this is an Indigenous space, non-Native community members are kindly asked to refrain from attending, and are invited to join us for Labriola Community Celebration on March 20, 2021. This event is presented in partnership with the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at ASU Library, and will not be live-streamed or recorded.

Looking for more events? Preserve your family history at the Labriola Scanning Day on February 20, write about your loved ones with Amber McCrary on February 27, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at

About the Author

The Labriola National American Indian Data Center's primary purpose is to support scholarship and instruction on Indigenous knowledge across all disciplines at ASU. Since its inception in 1993, the Labriola Center has become a pivotal service for the ASU Indigenous community.

About the NEA Big Read: Phoenix

This event is presented as part of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU, and over 40 authors, performers, and community organizations. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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