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Martha Ludlow Martinez

NEA Big Read Partner 2021

About Martha Ludlow Martinez

Martha Ludlow Martinez is an avid student of her traditional teachings and devoted to preserving cultural heritage. She was a featured teller and workshop presenter for the Mesa Arts Center's Water = Life event in 2019, and at South Mountain Community College's first Stew and Stories event in 2015. She received various awards through her time as a tribal royalty ambassador and has held many titles including Miss Indian Scottsdale Community College for 2015-16. She had the honor of singing for President Barack Obama at the Tribal Nations Conference in 2016. She serves as the NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) Coordinator for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. In all her work, Martha strives to balance the past and the present to create a better tomorrow for all. 

Find Events with Martha Ludlow Martinez

The Big Story: Native Tellers Respond to The Round House
Ken Duncan, Violet Duncan, Martha Ludlow Martinez, Kyle Mitchell, The Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Panel, Performance; American Indian, Family History, Indigenous, Storytelling
Listen to personal stories from Ken Duncan, Violet Duncan, Martha Ludlow Martinez, and Kyle Mitchell in response to The Round House by Louise Erdrich

About NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This event is presented as part 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. 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, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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