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Empowering New Narratives, Restoring Realities

10th Annual Indigenous and American Studies Storytellers Conference
April 11 & 12, 2014
University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Haudenosaunee, Onkwehonwe, and allied scholarship will once again center this year’s 10th anniversary Storytellers Conference with the Kanienkeha (Mohawk) concept of kahwatsire: “all of our fires are connected.”  As frequently highlighted by this year’s keynote speaker, Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) scholar Taiaiake Alfred, placed before many Onkwehonwe peoples in all walks of life is the lofty task of transforming “negative reality into a positive strategy” so that we may confront the privileges and legacies of empire and settler-colonialism that effect all peoples, not only Indigenous peoples, into today. In order to restore our realities and empower the narratives that drive us, our personal, national, and geographic narratives, we must move past the rhetoric of “un-doing” associated with decolonization and instead create new actions to “re/indigenize.”  We must turn to kahwatsire that turns embers into fires, that turns individuals into families, clans, communities and nations.

The 10th anniversary of the Storytellers conference calls us to reflect upon the legacy of the founders of our program, John Mohawk (Seneca) and Barry White (Seneca). Mohawk and White, amongst others, envisioned Native Studies as a framework to examine our varied histories, knowledges, and current realities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike. This vision continues to center the Storytellers Conference as well as our department here at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Maintaining this tradition, we see this year’s gathering as a celebratory renewal of our predecessors’ work and commitment to community, story, and scholarship.

Facebook Event page for Social on Friday, April 11, 2014 can be found here.

Facebook Event page for Conference on Saturday April 12, 2014 can be found here.

Please email us with any questions about the conference: ubamsconference@yahoo.com

Organized by the Native Graduate Student Association at UB (information here and here) and the American Studies Graduate Student Association at UB (information here).
Graciously cosponsored by the Global Gender Studies Graduate Student Association, Department of Transnational Studies at UB, SUNY Native Western Consrotium, Seneca Niagara Gaming Corporation, Haudenosaunee and Native American Research Group (part of Humanities Institue at UB) and Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties.

Niawen Sewakwekon for your support.

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