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Opinion: An Open Letter to IAIA from an Agender-Pansexual

By Lyric Snodgrass Since coming out as agender (and yes, I’ve heard every “special snowflake” joke conservatives make and every passing “that’s not real” comment you can come up with) and started using they/them in the spring of 2018, I’ve paid closer attention to the way the Institute of American Indian Arts treats its transgender...

Just Call Me Scott

By James Black I first meet Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday in the spring of 2017, through a mutual friend. The day was filled with questions and laughter. On a fall morning in October 2018. I had coffee with Momaday. He requested a large latte. We had a really good visit drinking our coffee....

Holly Wilson’s Art Keeps Stories Alive

By James Black There are many different types of artists that work in many different forms of media. The Institute of American Indian Museum of Contemporary Native Arts held a video conferencing session with the artist Holly Wilson to see how she creates her work, which has been featured at MoCNA in the exhibition called,...

Reflections on Native American Ledger Art

By James Black  Native people who roamed and lived in the plains, and hunted the massive herds of buffalo on the Great Plains of North America, lived their everyday lives and had a history. They would tell about their everyday lives, battles and their history on the hides of animals. They would use a primitive...

Student Work from IAIA Professor Rivera’s Studio Arts Class

By the Chronicle Staff Robert Lopez Artist’s statement My artwork revolves around storytelling and fantastical concepts. I work in multiple mediums but stick mainly to drawing, digital artwork, and writing. I tackle political and societal issues in a new light in my works by twisting them into fantasy/uncommon scenarios. My intent is to tell a...

Opinion: “Trail of Lightning” and the Impact of Misrepresentation, Diné Writers’ Collective

By Deborah Svatos You may have seen the book cover. A young Navajo woman, armed and clad in black, boldly stares into the distance, the strike of lightning illuminating the desert sky behind her. At first glance, it may seem innocent enough. After all, representation is often rightfully considered a valuable thing in popular culture....

Poets Share the Truth of Their Words

By Nancy Beauregard  “Poetry started out as an oral tradition. Before we wrote poems, we spoke them aloud,” said poet Joaquín Zihuatanejo at the Institute of American Indian Arts on Oct. 4, 2018. The poetry reading featured Zihuatanejo, an IAIA alumnus, and Natasha Carrizosa, both experts in spoken word poetry which is a mix of poetry and storytelling.  Zihuatanejo is a writer, poet, teacher and slam poetry artist. His poems and short stories are published...
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