A Note from our Symposium Chairs:
The Graduate Students of NAS have hosted another successful event, our 2nd Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium: “Weaving the Roots of Knowledge.” The symposium committee invited scholars from across disciplines to come together in a setting which fostered new scholarship and provided a space to engage in dialogue about research that centered Indigenous issues.
This year the Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium reached beyond the UCD campus and extended an invitation for participation to UC Berkeley. The graduate students at UC Berkeley responded to our call for papers and were an invaluable addition to our event.For the first time our symposium was a two-day event, which took place April 26-27, 2013 in the Mee room of the Memorial Union. Our symposium began with an opening prayer and remarks by Dr. Inés Hernández-Avila, our NAS department Chair. The symposium included eight sessions, 21 presenters, a creative hour hosted by Professor Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, and three Keynote speakers including Dr. Melissa Leal, Kathy Wallace, and KateriMasten.
At the Weaving the Roots of Knowledge Symposium we displayed artwork in the room which made it a distinctly Indigenous space. Sharing the artwork that was submitted by our graduate students also allowed us to share Indigenous culture in a multiplicity of ways. The items on display included six Northwest California Indian baskets, an award wining fancy dance shawl created by Nicole Blalock-Moore, a painting by Duskin Drum, a Nahuatl mask made by CuauhtemocLule, and award wining aprons made my Cutcha Risling-Baldy, Stephanie Lumsden, and Angel Hinzo.
By the end of our symposium all the participants had shared well-prepared presentations, the audience had responded with inquisitive and insightful commentaries, and everyone present gained a wealth of knowledge about the exciting graduate research being done on Indigenous issues.
This event is so exciting because our NAS graduate student symposium is the only one of its kind. It is an event where Graduate students who do research concerning Native American communities can come together in an academic space and share our research with our colleagues. The Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium is a new symposium but the graduate committee plans on keeping this symposium alive, expanding its audience, and incorporating more participants. The Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium started two years ago with participation limited to the UC Davis campus, this year the committee opened participation to UC Berkeley graduate students, and now because of our success, next year we are planning to open our doors to all graduate student in the UC system!
A huge thank you to our sponsors:
UC Davis American Studies Graduate Student Association, Department of Native American Studies, Dean Jessie Ann Owens ( UC Davis Division of Humanities, Art and Cultural Studies), UC Humanities Research Institute, Dean Anthony Coscordi (UC Berkeley Arts and Humanities), UC Davis Native American Faculty & Staff Association, UC Davis Environmental Justice Project, UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center, UC Davis Women’s Resources and Research Center, UC Davis LGBTRC, UC Davis Graduate Student Association, Dean Jeffery Gibeling (UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies.
-2nd Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium Committee (Stephanie Lumsden, Cutcha Risling Baldy, Vanessa Esquivido, Angel Hinzo)
2nd Annual Native American Studies
Graduate Student Symposium:
Weaving the Roots of Knowledge
April 26-27, 2013
Co-sponsored by the Department of Native American Studies
We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium, to be held on the UC Davis campus on April 26-27th, 2013. This year’s theme is “Weaving the Roots of Knowledge.” Weaving can be understood as the interlacing of strands to form a texture, fabric, or design. With regards to Native American Studies and Indigenous research, some of the questions we seek to dialogue about throughout our two-day symposium include, but are not limited to: How and why do we weave knowledges together?; How and why do we interpret the complexities of narratives, textures, fabrics, and designs?, What knowledges are gained from interweaving disciplines, methodologies, and methods of research?, and when is it necessary to unweave narratives?
2012-2013 Symposium Committee:
Cutcha Risling Baldy
CONTACT THE COMMITTEE
UC Davis Native American Studies Department
Dean of Arts and Humanities (UC Berkeley)