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NEA Big Read Events

Over 25 talks, workshops, and other events

Celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture across the Valley, the NEA Big Read: Phoenix features over 25 talks, workshops, performances, art exhibitions, book clubs, and other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich in February and March 2021, focusing on community archiving, family history, MMIWG, and more. Highlights and features include:

  • Bring Them Home: An Evening Dedicated to Missing Indigenous Peoples with new work from keynote speaker Layli Long Soldier, whose debut collection WHEREAS was a finalist for the National Book Award on March 26.
  • Evening Song: A Conversation on Diné Womenhood and Storytelling with Navajo Nation Poets Laureate Luci Tapahonso and Laura Tohe with ASU Professor Dr. Amanda R. Tachine (curated by award-winning poet Jake Skeets) on February 27.
  • Special workshops with the Labriola National American Indian Center that use storytelling, community archiving, creative writing, and zines as a way to honor and preserve Indigenous family history starting February 13.
  • Where We Stand: The Ethics and Impacts of Indigenous Land Recognitions with Dr. David Martinez, Dr. Felicia Mitchell, and ASU Librarian Alex Soto on March 17
  • Only the Beginning: Arizona's Study Committee on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) with updates and reflections from Representative Jennifer Jermaine, April Ignacio, Debbie Nez Manuel, and Dr. Traci Morris on March 19
  • Dispatches from the Field: Student Archivists and BIPOC Memory with the Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the Community Driven Archives Initiative at ASU Library on March 9
  • Bił Náni’eeł: An Ekphrastic Writing Workshop on the Heard Museum with poet and Emerging Diné Writers Institute Director Manny Loely on March 13

Keep reading to find events and activities with the NEA Big Read: Phoenix. You can also meet our partners or learn more about The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

Ready to start reading? Borrow a copy of The Round House in print, digital, or audio formats through the Phoenix Public Library or enter our book giveaway at http://piper.asu.edu/nea-big-read/book-giveaway!

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E.g., Feb 2021

Labriola Zine Workshop
Amber McCrary, ASU Library Labriola Center, Abalone Mountain Press

Write about your loved ones and make a zine with Amber McCrary and the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at ASU Library.
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop

NEA Big Read Kick Off: Evening Song
Luci Tapahonso, Laura Tohe, Amanda R. Tachine, Jake Skeets, Arizona Humanities

Kick off the NEA Big Read with a conversation on Diné womanhood and the power of storytelling featuring Navajo Nation Poets Laureate Luci Tapahonso and Laura Tohe.
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Celebration, Community Event, Talk

Learn more about characters, plot, and everything else you need to know about The Round House with ASU Librarian Joe Buenker
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Presentation, Talk

Get Lit: Decolonization
Amanda R. Tachine

What is the history of colonization? What would it look like for a space to be decolonized? What does the term “decolonization” even mean? Join ASU professor Dr. Amanda R. Tachine for a conversation on decolonization, empire, and indigeneity at special edition of Get Lit!
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon

Map(ing) Gallery Hours
ASU School of Art, Mary Hood

Celebrate 10 years of Indigenous printmaking collaborations in a special retrospective with Mary Hood and the ASU School of Art!
Date: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 12:00pm to Friday, March 19, 2021 - 5:00pm
Location: Step Gallery, 605 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show

Map(ing) Opening Reception
ASU School of Art, Mary Hood

Celebrate 10 years of Indigenous printmaking collaborations in a special retrospective with Mary Hood and the ASU School of Art!
Date: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Step Gallery, 605 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show, Reception

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

Listen to personal stories from Ken Duncan, Violet Duncan, Martha Ludlow Martinez, and Kyle Mitchell in response to The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Date: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Panel, Performance

Mujerx Book Club
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore

Discuss The Round House by Louise Erdrich in a special edition of the Mujerx Book Club with Palabras Bilingual Bookstore!
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Book Club

We Thrive Together
AGUILA Youth Leadership, Sareya Taylor, Samuel Redbird, Arizona Humanities

Sareya Taylor and Samuel Redbird lead a special workshop with AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute on empowerment and resiliency for high-school aged youth.
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Discussion, Presentation, Workshop

Remembering the Phoenix Indian School
Rosalie Talahongva, Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center

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. Learn more about its complicated history with Rosalie and Patty Talahongva of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center!
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Presentation, Q&A, Talk

Dispatches from the Field: Students Archivists and BIPOC Memory
ASU Library Community Driven Archives, ASU Library Labriola Center

Working outside an archival profession that has ignored their voices, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) student and community archivists are reclaiming space to maintain vital community histories and cultural knowledge. Celebrate their contributions and learn more about their work with ASU Library's Community Driven Archives Initiative!
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Talk

Book Club
Phoenix Public Library

The NEA Big Read is all about broadening our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Join Phoenix Public Library for a discussion of The Round House!
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Online
Type: Book Club

Book Club
Phoenix Public Library

The NEA Big Read is all about broadening our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Join Phoenix Public Library for a discussion of The Round House!
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Online
Type: Book Club

The Diné phrase “bił náni’eeł” can be understood as a pooling of water. To honor this process, and the land that gives breath to our stories, join poet Manny Loley for a special writing workshop in response to the Heard Museum.
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop

Book Club
Phoenix Public Library

The NEA Big Read is all about broadening our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Join Phoenix Public Library for a discussion of The Round House!
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Online
Type: Book Club

Where We Stand: Indigenous Land Acknowledgments
David Martinez, Felicia Mitchell, Alex Soto

Over the last several years, more and more universities, museums, and other institutions from all over the world have issued statements of land acknowledgment honoring an area's deep histories, original stewards, and current Indigenous residents and communities. While these acknowledgments are important, they're only a first step. Join Dr. Felicia Mitchell, Dr. David Martinez, and ASU Librarian Alexander Soto for a conversation on the ethics and impacts of Indigenous land acknowledgments.
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Talk

Only the Beginning: Arizona's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Study Committee
April Ignacio, Jennifer Jermaine, Debbie Nez Manuel, Traci Morris

On May 9, 2019, the Arizona legislature passed HB2570, creating a Study Committee on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), which would spend the next year gathering data, reviewing policies, and producing recommendations to take the first steps of bringing this crisis to an end. Join study committee members Representative Jennifer Jermaine, Debbie Nez Manuel, April Ignacio, and Dr. Traci Morris for updates and progress on their work.
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Talk

Map(ing) Closing Reception
ASU School of Art, Mary Hood

Celebrate 10 years of Indigenous printmaking collaborations in a special retrospective with Mary Hood and the ASU School of Art!
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Step Gallery, 605 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show

Celebrate the diversity and talent of Indigenous artists in Arizona with a virtual art exhibition from XICO!
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021 - 7:00pm to Friday, April 2, 2021 - 8:00pm
Location: Online
Type: Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show

Labriola Community Celebration
ASU Library Labriola Center, Amber McCrary, Alex Soto, Abalone Mountain Press

Over the past several months, Indigenous community members have been working with poet Amber McCrary and the Labriola National American Indian Center at ASU Library to share, preserve, and honor their family histories through storytelling, community archiving, creative writing, and zines. Celebrate the talented voices of the community with a panel and reading!
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Reading, Talk

Book Club
Phoenix Public Library

The NEA Big Read is all about broadening our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Join Phoenix Public Library for a discussion of The Round House!
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Online
Type: Book Club

How does (or doesn't) revenge motivate our characters and drive our plot forward? How do we write revenge in a socially responsible way? Join author Gionni Ponce for a special edition of Write Here, Write Now!
Date: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop

Ittifatpoli: Policy and the Creative Process
Traci Morris, ASU American Indian Policy Institute

Ittifatpoli is a Chickasaw term meaning, "They are talking about serious things" or "They are talking about things that matter." Join Dr. Traci Morris of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University for a conversation about the impacts of policy in our everyday lives.
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Community Event, Conversation, Discussion, Q&A, Talk

Book Club
Phoenix Public Library

The NEA Big Read is all about broadening our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Join Phoenix Public Library for a discussion of The Round House!
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Online
Type: Book Club

Over the course of nearly 100 years, the Phoenix Indian School educated thousands of students from nearly 22 tribes, leaving an enduring impact on individuals, families, and the larger community. Learn more about the complicated history of the Phoenix Indian School with Rosalie Talahongva!
Date: Friday, March 26, 2021 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Location: Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Type: Tour

Ribbon Skirt Workshop
Phoenix Indian Center, Patti Hibbeler, Layli Long Soldier

Join Layli Long Soldier and Phoenix Indian Center CEO Patti Hibbeler for a special conversation and workshop on ribbon skirts.
Date: Friday, March 26, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Community Event, Conversation, Talk, Workshop

NEA Big Read Keynote: Bring Them Home
Layli Long Soldier, Patti Hibbeler, Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya, Agnes Woodward

Every time a person goes missing, it's a tragedy. But statistics are only part of the picture. In times of crisis, we come together as a community to protect one another, honor those we've lost, and gather strength to keep moving. Join Layli Long Soldier, Patti Hibbeler, and Valuara Imus-Nahsonhoya for an evening dedicated to missing Indigenous people.
Date: Friday, March 26, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Keynote, Panel, Q&A, Reading, Talk

Join acclaimed poet Layli Long Soldier for an artist talk and generative workshop on collaboration and community.
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Workshop

Heard Museum Tours
Heard Museum

Learn more about Native homelands and history, boarding school stories, Hopi Katsina dolls, and classic Pueblo pottery, plus special exhibitions on Leon Polk Smith, Navajo weaving, and more with the Heard Museum!
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show, Tour, Visit