Indigenous Ways of Being Symposium

SYMPOSIUM : Indigenous Ways of Being

GOCA and WEST (Womens and Ethnic Studies program at UCCS) invite you to a daylong series of artist lectures and readings as part of Mo'Print: Month of Printmaking Denver and featuring artists from two concurrent exhibits in our downtown GOCA121 space. Inhabiting with Mary Hood and Marilee Salvator, and The Map(ing) Project artists Wanesia Misquadace (Fond du Lac band of Ojibwe) and Warren Montoya (REZONATE Artist Collective, Santa Ana Pueblo (Tamaya) and Santa Clara Pueblo (Khapo Owinge'). Readings by Dr. Gregory Cajete, Linda Hogan and Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Janice Gould. See complete schedule below - drop in for some or all of the day! Free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Seating is first come, first served. Please register to secure your seat. 

Wednesday,  March 9, 11am-1pm @GOCA 121 

Prenters include Linda Kogan from the Office of Sustainability at UCCS along with members of the Woodbine Ecology Center Pavlos Stavropoulos, Robert Chanate of the Kiowa Nation and Tiffany Lovato of  the Kewa Pueblo, who promote Indigenous values regarding the environment.   

Friday, March 11, 5-7pm @Heller Center, UCCS

Join us in welcoming our guest artists and writers at a reception hosted by the Chancellor and Women and Ethnic Studies program (WEST).

Saturday, March 12, 10am-4pm @ GOCA 121 | Free! Reserve a seat HERE.

The day includes artists talks, music, peotry readings, and other presentations and will be followed by a reception. 

10a-12:30p | Artist Talks
Sebrena Forrest | drummer, Mohawk Nation
Marilee Salvator | Western Kentucky University
Mary Hood | Arizona State University
Warren Montoya | REZONATE Artist Collective, Santa Ana Pueblo (Tamaya) and Santa Clara Pueblo (Khapo Owinge') 
Wanesia Misquadace | Birch bark artist, Fond-du-Lac/Objibway  

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-4p | Readings + Presentations
Janice Gould (Pikes Peak Poet Laureate, Koyangk'auwi Maidu)
Gregory Cajete (writer + scholar, Tewa)
Linda Hogan (poet, novelist, activist, Chickasaw)

4-6p | Reception 


Free parking is provided in the Plaza of the Rockies underground garage for this event. Please plan to access the Plaza garage from Nevada Avenue to Colorado Avenue due to St Patrick's Day Parade planned street closures downtown. To receive parking validation, bring your parking stub up to the gallery which is located on level 1, south tower.  


Mary Hood, originally from Milwaukee, WI, currently resides in Tempe, Arizona where she is an associate professor of art/printmaking at Arizona State University. Hood received her Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Dallas, in Dallas, Texas and her undergraduate degree from Ringling School of Artand Design in Sarasota, Florida.  As part of her teaching philosophy, Mary uses printmaking to focus on community-affiliated projects such as RIPPLE (2005), for Katrina evacuees in Arizona, DITTO (2006), a public art project, and Map(ing)(2009/2011), a collaborative project between Native artists and ASU students. Her practice focuses on silence, time and space, identity, and experience widely throughout the world. In 2012, Hood was awarded the Annual Evelyn Smith Endowed Professorship to support her community scholarship.

Marilee Salvator received her BFA from Illinois State University, Normal, IL in 2000 and her MFA degree from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM in 2004. She has taught printmaking and design at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA and Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO. She has recently moved to Bowling Green, KY where she is an Assistant Professor, teaching printmaking and design at Western Kentucky University.  

Warren Montoya  is the founder, director and contributing artist for the REZONATE Artist Collective. He works to promote Indigenous artists and encourages support for their communities. He lives in Santa Ana Pueblo and works on art while also facilitating community engagement. Montoya received a BA in Art from Fort Lewis College in 2006. 

Wanesia Misquadace practices the rare art of birch bark biting; she estimates there are no more than ten people in North America who currently create this type of work. She harvests the birch bark in Minnesota and brings it to her home in New Mexico. She peels thin layers of the bark and creates intricate designs by biting the folded bark. 

Janice Gould is a Koyangk'auwi (Konkow, Concow) Maidu writer and scholar who currently teaches at UCCS. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she received degrees in Linguistics and English, and of the University of New Mexico, where she earned her Ph.D. in English. She recently earned a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona.  She is the 2014-16 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate.  

Gregory Cajete is currently the Director of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico.  In addition to designing curricula geared to the special needs and learning styles of Native American students, which aim to develop an understanding of the science and artistic thought process as expressed in Indigenous  perspectives of the natural world, he is the author of several monographs.  

Linda Hogan was born in Denver in 1947, received her undergraduate degree from UCCS and her MFA from UC Boulder, and is currently the Chickasaw Nation's writer in residence.  Highlighting her Native ancestry, her feminist and spiritual concerns, and her work as an environmentalist, Hogan's writing explores her identity as a Native American and expresses an Indigenous understanding of the world.  Hogan is the author of 7 books of poetry, and her work deals with issues such as the environment and eco-feminism, the relocation of Native Americans, and historical narratives, including oral histories. Among her many awards are the prestigious Lannan Literary Award, The Mountains and Plains Booksellers Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award, the Colorado Book Award, and a Lifetime Achievement from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas

Image: Jason Garcia, Tewa Tales of Suspense, 15 x 19", Screenprint, 2009


University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado, Galleries of Contemporary Art, Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program, Department of English, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, The Matrix Center, UCCS Chancellor’s Office, Compass Curricular Program, CU President’s Fund for the Humanities, Student Government Association, Office of Sustainability, Bee Vradenburg Foundation, Colorado Springs Independent, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and the Woodbine Ecology Center.