Literary Day Trip: Indigenous Voices and Perspectives
Santa Fe Literary Festival goers are invited to extend their experience with a morning trip to the School for Advanced Research (SAR).
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
$150 per person; Limited to 20 people. Register here.
Indigenous voices offer unique, varied, and important perspectives about our history, collective memories, and relationship to the land. Participants of this literary day trip will be treated to a private tour of the Indian Arts Research Center’s collection, which is celebrating its 100th year this summer. SAR’s vaults hold over 12,000 works that span from the sixth century to the present, one of the most significant collections of its kind in the world. Then the group will enjoy readings by Jake Skeets, Charlene Tourtillott, and Brennan Avans, graduates from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Finish the day with a self-guided tour of SAR’s historic campus.
Jake Skeets is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, American Book Award, and Whiting Award. He is from the Navajo Nation and teaches at Diné College. He will be joining the University of Oklahoma as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2022.
Charlene Tourtillott is a member of the Menominee Nation located in Northeastern Wisconsin. She is a recent graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, in creative writing and enjoys writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Many themes that she writes about revolve around her experience growing up on the Menominee reservation and are inspired by Menominee stories. She is inspired by writers Louise Erdrich and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Brennan Avans is from the Sonoran Desert of Mohawk Valley, Arizona. He is a recent graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, in creative writing. Brennan is proud to be an enrolled member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma. Blending an array of cultural and philosophical influences, from his Native American and Mexican heritage to music and life experiences, he imagines his stories in absurdist fashion that challenges the narrative of the human experience and evaluates the truths in ourselves. With a wandering mind, constantly stumbling to and from different artistic pursuits and interests, he plans to write the next great magical realism novel.
This event is only open to Santa Fe Literary Festival ticket holders.
May 20-23, 2022
For centuries, this maverick city at the edge of the Southern Rockies has been a cultural crossroads, from Native and Hispano peoples whose oral traditions root them in the landscape to a long line of writers whose work imagines and illuminates the American West and the wider world. What better place to bring together influential authors, thinkers, and passionate readers for an event as unique and inspiring as the city itself. Learn more.