115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Indigenous Literatures and Cultures I

Session Chair: 
Clarissa Castaneda, University of California, Riverside
Session 1: Friday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 223


  1. Michael Rozendal, University of San Francisco
    This paper will consider the strategies for land and cultural preservation in the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, an “indigenous, women-led community organization” in the San Francisco Bay Area. Without federal recognition of the Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone, the trust embraces fragmented urban spaces as openings for culture, coalition, and community. I see this in relation to Debora Miranda’s narrative strategies in her Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (2012). 
  2. Rebecca Beardsall, Western Washington University
    This paper examines Deborah A. Miranda’s memoir, Bad Indians, and how it is a testament to the passing down of stories, and how those stories of the past are ever present in our lives. She weaves in family stories with historical and personal events. And she does this not only with text, but also with images; thus, Miranda combines the past, present, and future by the merging together of stories spanning centuries.
  3. Kristin Kawecki, University of California, Davis
    This presentation highlights how spiritual awareness of the interconnectedness of life can prompt an “ethic of caring”. In Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony it is through relearning the ontology of his Laguna Pueblo people that Tayo finds the strength to break out of a cycle of violence espoused by patriarchal, Western institutions which devalues cultural and spiritual knowledge and alternative models of viewing the other/self, demonstrating the value of alternative ontologies which help us to live in ways which are life-preserving versus life-destroying.
  4. Ariel Zatarain Tumbaga, Antelope Valley College
    I explore Chicana/o indigeneity and its mythological bases in the literature produced by two writers of the Southwest, consideriby the different strategies with which Leslie Marmon Silko (Almanac of the Dead) and Alfredo Véa Jr. (La Maravilla) engage Chicana/o indigeneity and its pitfalls, and respectively demonstrate Native American and Chicana/o sensibilities to aboriginal identities.
Session Cancelled: