https://artepublicopress.com/recovery-project/https://artepublicopress.com/recovery-project/What is Real History of the Americas?
The Real History of the Americas takes a positive, but different look at the history of North and South America from the viewpoints of Hispanic, African-American, Asian, and Native peoples the LGBT community, among others. Real History of the Americas was created in 2008 by Native American, Hispanic and Multicultural students on campus to empower and share a variety of Real Histories of the Americas on the day that is also known as Columbus Day or the Day of the Race in the United States. For more information about why we celebrate this Real History of the Americas, please see this interview on Democracy Now! When Amy Goodman interview some of our key founders of the event: http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2012/10/8.
Who are the special guests for Fall 2017?
Radmilla Cody: is a GRAMMY-nominated Navajo recording artist from the Navajo Nation. Miss Cody is of the Red Bottom People clan (Tlaa’shchi’i’) and is born for African-Americans (Naahilii). Radmilla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations, with a minor in Sociology, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Sociology. During her reign as the 46th Miss Navajo Nation from 1997-98, Radmilla focused on domestic violence prevention and awareness programs, and remains an advocate against domestic abuse. In 2002 the Native American Music Awards named her female artists of the year. Radmilla has five albums and is featured in a documentary, Hearing Radmilla. In 2010, she was selected for national Public Radio’s 50 Great Voices series, and in 2012, Initiative Radio awarded Radmilla the “Black History Makers Award.” Radmilla continues to maintain Navajo Culture and language, through her songs, she works closely with youth who struggle with biracial identities. Click here to check our her website.
Deanna MAD: Deanna Diaz is a 2013 graduate of Fort Lewis College who served as first-attendant Miss Hozhoni 2012 while studying anthropology. As a student, she was active in many clubs, including Dance Co-Motion, Wanbli-Ota, and Feminist Voice’s production of “The Vagina Monologues.” Born and raised in Southern California, Deanna Marie Adelita Diaz (M.A.D. is her stage name) started acting in her high school drama classes, and has been doing stand-up comedy after college. She is based in New York and is currently employed as a grant writer with the Seneca Nation of Indians. For Real History of the Americas, she will perform a comedy set in the evening and a mid-day workshop about the importance of women in the Seneca society and the Towisas ceremony. Below is an excerpt from her storytelling.
Dr. Carolina Villarroel: Director of the Research for "Recovering the US Hispanic LIterary heritage Project, Dr. Villaroel will be our keynote presenter for this year's 10th annual event. For more information about the project and its important connection to telling our REAL stories of the Americas, click here. Carolina began at Arte Público Press in 1997 as a Research Assistant while pursuing her Ph.D. in the UH Hispanic Studies Department. She now oversees the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, supervising several graduate students in researching Latino literature and history, as well as applying for grants for this prestigious and internationally known initiative. Carolina is motivated, cordial, and approachable to those at and outside UH who come to the Recovery Project for data. Carolina is helping keep UH at the forefront of U.S. Latino research and is part of what makes UH a Tier One research institution.
Venaya Yazzie: Yazzie is Diné (Navajo) and Hopi woman from the San Juan Valley in northwestern New Mexico - heritage is rooted in the Huerfano, NM and Chaco Canyon area. Through her work in the Arts and as a researcher, she strives to reclaim the true historical past of Indigenous SW people, reaffirm Indigenous identity and ancestry and re-tell the modern stories and experiences of the 21st century Indigenous individual as an act of de-colonizing. Yazzie is alumnus of: UNM (M.A. in Education and Indian Education), Fort Lewis College, the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Arts. She is a member of the Navajo Cultural Museum Board, Northwest New Mexico Arts Council and has been an Artist-In-Residence of: Mesa Verde National Park AIR Program, Dancing Earth- SEEDS Project and the Bisti Writing Project in the Four Corners. Her workshop will be offered both at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the La Plata Room and is called: "Decolonizing their Feminism via indigenous Epistemology." The concious culutral awareness of the Desert Matriarch concerns the Epistemology of Navajo and Pueblo societies of women as intrinsic 'leaders' in their communities. We as 21st century women must re-ignite this concept in our modernity as an act of decolonizing, especially away from the alien Euro-American concept of feminism.
Who organizes Real History of the Americas?
FLC student leaders Stacy John and Ken Walker have co-coordinated the upcoming 10th annual RHOA with the help of dozens of student clubs, volunteers and FLC staff members. RHOA committee members for 2017 include: Bryan Dalla-Cundiff; Rhiannon Yazzie, Veronica Krupnick, Dominic Whitesinger, with staff members, Shirena Trujillo Long, Nancy Stoffer, and Joey Dell; and faculty members Dr. Kay Holmes and Dr. Carolina Alonso. College sponsors include: Club del Centro & El Centro, Common Ground Diversity Programming, Student Union Productions (SUP), Native American Center, the Community Concert Hall, Office of the President, Division of Student Affairs, Residential Hall Association, among others. Generous support is also provided by the Leland House and Rochester Hotel.
What is Indigenous People’s Day? Across the country, cities and universities are declaring Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The City of Durango passed the resolution on Jan. 5, 2016, and the full resolution can be seen at: http://www.durangogov.org/documentcenter/view/6088/. At FLC, the Associated Students of FLC (ASFLC) and the Board of Trustees formally approved their resolutions in the academic year 2015-16