New Plains Review: Sherman Chaddlesone Arts & Letters Lecture Series

Past Sherman Chaddlesone Arts & Letters Lecture Series Guest Speakers

Established in 2011 by Kiowa painter Sherman Chaddlesone (1947-2013), the Chaddlesone Series is a program of readings and cultural events which allow the Central community opportunities to interact with iconic, established, and emerging American Indian artists.

In 2015, multiple on-campus partners, including Passport to Native America, the American Indian Studies program, and the Native American Student Association partnered together with the series, and invited Joy Harjo, one of Oklahoma's most distinguished artists, to speak during the university’s 125th anniversary. New Plains Student Publishing continues to proudly work with these organizations on future Chaddlesone lectures. New entries in the series take place every year in October, on Indigenous People’s Day.

Past Speakers

d.g. smalling

2016

d.g. smalling is an international contemporary artist whose Choctaw heritage is a vital facet of his life.

According to Mr. Smalling, the Choctaw culture embraces minimalism in its traditional forms and lifestyles, and he considers his work an extension of this tradition using modern materials.

Every piece he creates — regardless of scale — is one continuous line.

His work includes commissioned portraits of U.S. Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, Justice Yvonne Kauger, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justices 2014, Chief Judge Robert Henry, Mrs. Allen Houser, Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, Sir Tony Blair, U.S. Congressman Tom Cole, U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, and Mr. T. Boone Pickens.

Joy Harjo

2015

Ms. Harjo, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois.

Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship.

In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009.

Neal Diamond

2015

Neal Diamond is a Cree filmmaker based in Montreal, Quebec, born and raised in Waskaganish, Quebec. Working with Rezolution Pictures, Diamond has directed the documentary films Reel Injun, The Last Explorer, One More River, Heavy Metal: A Mining Disaster in Northern Quebec, and Cree Spoken Here. He also directed three seasons of DAB IYIYUU, the six-part series for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network about Cree elders.

His 2001 directorial debut, Cree Spoken Here, garnered the Telefilm/APTN award for Best Aboriginal Documentary. One More River (2004) was named Best Documentary at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québecois, while awards for Heavy Metal: A Mining Disaster in Northern Quebec (2004) included Top Prize and Audience Pick at Norway’s Riddu Riddu Festival. Reel Injun received the award for Best Direction in a Documentary Program at the 2010 Gemini Awards, as well as a 2011 Peabody Award.

In 2013, Diamond released a film with Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk about the eighteenth century conflict between Cree and Inuit, which lasted almost a century, which won Best Short Documentary at the ImagiNative Film Festival in Toronto. In 1993, Diamond co-founded The Nation, the first news magazine to serve the Cree of northern Quebec and Ontario, and authored two columns “Rez Notes” and “The Last Line.”

He is also an award-winning photographer whose work was used in the James Bay Cree's international campaign to stop the construction of more Hydro Quebec dams on their land.

Joseph Erb

2014

Joseph Erb (Cherokee) is an award winning artist, filmmaker, and digital media specialist. He received his BFA in art from Oklahoma City University. He produced the first short animated film based on a traditional Cherokee story in the Cherokee language as his MFA thesis at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation there, Mr. Erb returned home to Oklahoma, where he continues to combine his interests: art, traditional storytelling, language preservation, and the teaching of children.

His Muscogee Creek and Cherokee students have produced native language animations, learning both new technology and their own traditional culture. He has worked with some of the largest computer companies in the world to insure the inclusion of the Cherokee Language in digital devices. His artistic work and teaching is done to perpetuate the Cherokee culture and language. His work is another continuation of the Cherokee storytelling.

This evening, Joseph Erb will give a lecture on art, language and moving light, his work in the boarders of Cherokee Nation. He will discuss discovering a voice as an artist in traditional stories and the process of bringing oral stories to the animated arts. He has worked in different tribal communities and tribal nations on cultural and technology projects. His art is on display in different museums, galleries and in private collections. He will present on the importance of Art in cultural revival and re-contextualizing dominant culture’s technologies and appropriating for new purposes.

Jennifer Elise Foerster

2013

Jennifer Elise Foerster received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (July 2007) and her BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2003). She has received fellowships to attend Soul Mountain Retreat, the Naropa Summer Writing Program, the Idyllwild Summer Poetry Program, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center. From 2008-2010, Jennifer was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.

Her poetry has been published in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and other journals, and has been anthologized in New California Writing 2011 and Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas. A book of her poems, Leaving Tulsa, is available from University of Arizona Press. Of German, Dutch, and Muscogee descent, she is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. A daughter of a diplomat, Jennifer grew up internationally, but spent most of each summer with her grandparents in Jenks, Oklahoma.

Jennifer now lives in San Francisco, where she works as a freelance writer and grants consultant for non-profits.

Diane Glancy

2012

Proficient in numerous genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting—Diane Glancy often creates work that reflects her Native American heritage. Part Cherokee, and of English and German descent, Glancy was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She has served as artist-in-residence for the Oklahoma State Arts Council (traveling around the state to teach poetry to Native American students) and has taught Native American literature and creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Glancy has explored Native American history in depth in her novels Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears (1996) and Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea (2003). Glancy’s collection of poems, Primer of the Obsolete, won the 2003 Juniper Prize for Poetry. She has also received the Five Civilized Tribes Playwriting Laureate Prize; the Oklahoma Book Award; the Cherokee Medal of Honor, Cherokee Honor Society, Tahlequah, Oklahoma; the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry; grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; and a Sundance Screenwriting Fellowship.

Tim Tingle

2011

Mr. Tingle is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, an award-winning author of American Indian fiction and folklore, and a gifted speaker and storyteller.

His works include Walking the Choctaw Road (2003), Spirits Dark and Light: Supernatural Tales from the Five Civilized Tribes (2006), Crossing Bok Chitto (2006), When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Tale from the Choctaw Nation (2007), and Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light (2010). He also coauthored Texas Ghost Stories: Fifty Favorites for the Telling (2004), Spooky Texas Tales (2005), and More Texas Spooky Tales (2010).


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