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‘Who Is Native Enough’ Is Topic
of Nov. 19 Lecture at CMN

 

Ryan Winn

Ryan Winn
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Keshena – A free, public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 19, addresses the question, “Who Is Native Enough to Write Native Literature.” Ryan Winn, a faculty member in the College of Menominee Nation’s Humanities/Theater program, will give the talk at 12 noon in the Library mezzanine classroom on the Keshena campus, N172 State Highway 47/55. It can be seen live via Skype on CMN’s Green Bay campus, 2733 S. Ridge Road (parking in the Allied Street cul de sac).

 

Winn has directed a dozen plays by Native authors or on Native themes during his years at the College. His teaching assignments include annual play writing courses. Winn is also a frequent contributor on American Indian literature for the national publication, Tribal College Journal, and currently is Acting Editor of the Oneida Nation Arts Program’s literary journal, Yukhika-latuhse.

 

His lecture will provide an overview of the history of written Native literature in America and problematic questions that arise when attempting to classify books as uniquely “Native.” Winn will discuss what it is that makes Native literature “Native.” He addresses whether it is the content or the author’s birth heritage that is the qualifying issue, and also discusses whether it matters if the author was raised on tribal land and/or speaks his or her Native language. Winn asks, “Can non-Natives write ‘Native’ literature if they do their research, and what if they have a lot of Native friends?”

 

The lecture is part of CMN’s 20th anniversary celebration. Those attending will receive copies of the anniversary edition of Feather Chronicles, a retrospective book of writing and art by students, faculty and staff of the College.

 

CMN serves American Indian and non-Indian students with Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs, and offers technical/trades diplomas at campuses in Keshena and Green Bay.