The New Voices Of Native American Literature
February 1, 2019 6:46 AM   Subscribe

Wide Range Of Writers Work To Celebrate Evolving Literary Canon Without Limiting It: "It’s about time we start to hear all the other voices that have always been here."

Set on 140 acres in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with a view of mountains in every direction, the Institute of American Indian Arts has had a long history, starting from its founding during the Kennedy administration.

The Institute of American Indian Arts, or IAIA, is an embodiment and encouragement of Native art — from sculpture to music to poetry — and a concentrated community of Native American voices and artists learning from teachers and from each other.

posted by poffin boffin (3 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I read a bit about IAIA after reading about it in Terese Marie Mailhot's memoir Heart Berries (which is discussed in the article). It's a wonderful book, and I'd highly recommend it.

I thought her comment, "It damages us as artists when we become quintessential to Native literature," Mailhot said. "I'm too new for that," was really interesting as well.
posted by ITheCosmos at 8:40 AM on February 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

This is really interesting. I've bookmarked it to look up some of those writers and read their works.

Thank you for posting this, poffin boffin!
posted by kristi at 11:49 AM on February 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

Fantastic. Always looking for new-to-me voices.
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer at 8:13 PM on February 1, 2019

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