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Braiding Indigenous Feminist Characters in Fiction

Posted on Tue, Sep 25 2018 5:13 pm by Dawn Quigley

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Braiding Indigenous Feminist Characters in Fiction

Friday, October 12, 2018
Noon to 1:30 p.m. (program begins at 12:10)
Center for Women, Coeur de Catherine room 230,

St. Catherine University, St. Paul MN

Join us to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day as the local metro novelists Marcie Rendon (White Earth Ojibwe), Carter Meland (White Earth Ojibwe descendant), and St. Kate's own Dawn Quigley (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe- Twitter: @DawnEQuigley) read from their work and discuss the importance of crafting stories that reflect the many ways there are of being Native in the world today. The protagonists in the novels of all three authors are Ojibwe ikwe (Ojibwe women) who are striving to figure out who they are as Indigenous people, sometimes with the guidance of their Native communities and sometimes on their own. The panelists will discuss these matters as well as the importance of teaching Indigenous writers, artists, filmmakers, activists, historians, etc. at all educational levels. Authors will have their books to sell and sign.

 Carter Meland, White Earth Ojibwe descendant, is on the faculty of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where he specializes in teaching American Indian literature and film courses. His novel Stories for a Lost Child was a finalist for the 2018 Minnesota Book Award in the Novel and Short Story category.

Marcie Rendon, citizen of the White Earth Nation. Her debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) won the Pinckley Women Crime Writer’s Award 2018 and the Spur Finalist in the Western Writers of America 2018 contemporary novel category. The second novel in the series will be published by Cinco Puntos Press April 2019. One of four nonfiction children’s books is Pow Wow Summer (MN Historical Press). With four published plays she is the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater productions. She received the Loft’s 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship with poet Diego Vazquez.

Dawn Quigley, citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, ND, is an assistant professor in the Education Department at St. Catherine University. Her website offers support for educators in finding, evaluating and implementing Native American curriculum content from an Indigenous perspective. In addition to her coming-of-age Young Adult novel, Apple in the Middle (NDSU Press), Dawn has over 28 published articles and poems. She was awarded the St. Catherine University Denny Prize Award for Distinction in Writing and has been a finalist in both the Minnesota Loft Literary Center's MN Emerging Writer Award and its Mentor Series.