Yá’át’ééh (greetings) from EN252 Topics in Native American Literature!

Yá’át’ééh (greetings in Diné/Navajo)!

Our course during this third block (October 22-November 14, 2018) is EN252 Topics in Native American Literature: Arts and Literature by Native American Writers and Artists taught by Professor Natanya Pulley (Diné/Navajo). Professor Pulley has a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in English (Fiction Writing) from the University of Utah. We are focusing on poetry, non-fiction, and fiction by contemporary Native American writers as well as contemporary art by Native American artists. We are interrogating curations and critical approaches to Indigenous arts and writing. We are also working on a decolonization exhibit project with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Here are some of the course texts that we are reading this block:

“Of Cartography” by Esther G. Belin (Diné/Navajo)

“Whereas” by Layli Long Solider (Oglala Lakota)

“American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings” by Zitkála-Šá (Yankton Sioux)

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Our course is connected to Professor Pulley’s Fine Arts Center (FAC) Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow position, which includes opportunities for our class to visit the FAC, have consults, and participate in different activities/exhibits. In September 2016, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the Colorado College $1.2M to support programs and CC courses at the Fine Arts Center museum. The grant is focused on the following initiatives:

  • Supporting diversity and inclusion at CC
  • Fostering interdisciplinary inquiry in the liberal arts
  • Expanding innovative pedagogies
  • Incorporating underrepresented voices into CC’s continuing academic conversation
  • Building experiential learning opportunities that serve a multivalent community of learners
  • Helping students engage with broad cultural shifts

Professor Pulley’s creation of this course was made possible thanks to the support and assistance from the FAC fellowship, Provost funds, VWS, and NEH fund.

Zunneh-bah

Yá'át'ééh! Shí éí Zunneh-bah Martin yinishye. Tsénahabiłnii nishłį́, Naakai Nican Tlaca bashishchiin, Tábąąhá dashinalí, ał a Dine'é dashicheii. Tohłakai déé’ naashá. Ákót’éego éí asdzááni nishłį́. Colorado College di ííníshta’. Southwest Studies doo Film and Media Studies doo Indigenous Studies baa ííníshta’. Greetings! My name is Zunneh-bah Martin. My Diné (Navajo) clans are Sleeping Rock Clan, born for Mexican/Aztec/Mayan ancestry, my paternal grandpa is of the Edge Water Clan, and my late maternal grandpa is of the Modoc tribe. I am from Tohłakai, which is located near the New Mexico/Arizona border on the Navajo Reservation. I identify as an Indigenous/Native woman. I am a Senior here at the Colorado College. My major is Southwest Studies, my minor is Film and Media Studies, and I am looking to double minor in the new Indigenous Studies thematic minor. I am the current Vice President (former Co-Chair and Treasurer) of the CC Native American Student Union. I am also an FYE (First Year Experience) Mentor and Team Leader this year. For Block 3, I am taking "EN252 Topics in Native American Literature: Arts and Literature by Native American Writers and Artists."

1 Comment

  1. csiddoway says:

    a wonderful blog. thank you for sharing the experience of the block!

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