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By Ann Markusen
Community Columnist 

Native women artists share practice, fears, hopes

 

January 25, 2019

Photo courtesy of Cully Gallagher

Native artists Sharon Day, Marcie Rendon, Rosi Simas, Heid Erdrich and Rhiana Yazzie participate in a forum about Native American women artists and their work.

Last week, at Augsburg College, six exceptional Native women artists spoke about their work. Moderator Ananya Chatterjee, University of Minnesota dance professor, posed questions, the audience also.

Here are some powerful takeaways.

Ananya first asked what the global women's movement could learn through a centering of Native feminist values.

Rosy Simas, Seneca dance artist, responded: "We are matrilineal. I've always wished for more focus on giving voice to women in our community."

Rhiana Yazzie, Navajo filmmaker: "To help each other get out of the scarcity mindset. To recognize that we'...



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