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Remembering the Phoenix Indian School with Rosalie Talahongva, Patty Talahongva

Date(s): Saturday, March 6, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Location: 
Zoom
Type(s): 
Conversation, Presentation, Q&A, Talk
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Community, History, Indigenous
Cost: Free

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

About this Event

Originally founded in 1891, the Phoenix Indian School was the only off-reservation school in Arizona run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the second-largest boarding school of its kind in the entire United States, educating thousands of students from over 22 tribes for nearly 100 years.

Join curators Rosalie and Patty Talahongva of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center for a conversation on the complicated legacy of the Phoenix Indian School on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom 

Beginning in the era of forced assimilation and cultural obliteration, Rosalie and Patty Talahongva will show how the School softened and evolved throughout the years, eventually culminating in its rededication as a memorial to Native resilience, strength, and integrity (with plenty of time for audience Q&A).

This event is presented in partnership with the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, will be live-streamed and recorded, and is open to the public and free.

Looking for more events? Tour the Phoenix Indian School Visitors Center, examine Indigenous land acknowledgments on March 17, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at http://piper.asu.edu/nea-big-read/events.

About the Author

Rosalie Talahongva is a member of the Hopi Tribe and the Curator at the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center (PISVC) gallery. As a former student of the Phoenix Indian High School she shares her boarding school experience with visitors to the PISVC. In addition to the gallery the PISVC has rental space and a commercial kitchen which she also oversees. She enjoys outdoor activities and likes to hike in the Grand Canyon.

Photograph of Patty Talahongva

Patty Talahongva is the former curator of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center. Ironically, when she interviewed for the position in 2012, the hiring committee had no idea she actually attended the Phoenix Indian School. Obviously she got the job. Also ironically, she landed her first job as a journalist while attending P.I. and that started her career. She left her position as Curator of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center in 2019 and joined Indian Country Today as the executive producer tasked with launching a once a week national newscast.

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 http://piper.asu.edu/big-read.

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Support Indigenous Communities

The Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian non-profit organization of its kind in the United States, providing workforce development, cultural enrichment, and other vital services to Indigenous communities throughout the Valley for over 70 years. To support their work, visit their website at https://phxindcenter.org/financial-support/, click the donate button, enter an amount, and enter "NEA Big Read" in the description. Please consider making a gift to the Phoenix Indian Center today.

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