Join us on Saturday, November 20, at 1:00 pm EDT in this virtual conversation moderated by Renata Yazzie (University of New Mexico) to explore the creative process and musical influences of Lyla June and Sacramento Knoxx. Our speakers will also discuss how they express their lived experiences and relationships with healing in their works.
You can register for this event here: https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fDTSlvXWTK6b6en89a7HTQ
Renata Yazzie is a Diné (Din-EH) pianist, music educator, and musicologist-in-training whose work focuses largely on the expression of Indigeneity in historically Western European musical forms. A strong advocate for culturally appropriate music education, Renata is the recent founder of the American Indian Musicians’ Scholarship, which aims to provide financial assistance for Native students seeking post-secondary education in Music. Renata holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and is working towards completing her Master’s degree in Music with dual concentrations in Musicology and Piano Performance at the University of New Mexico.
Lyla June is an Indigenous musician, scholar, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective, and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her music, perspectives, and solutions. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree, focusing on Indigenous food systems revitalization.
Sacramento Knoxx is a hard-working interdisciplinary artist creating music and film with strong Detroit roots. He produces a sound of electronic, indigenous, ghettotech, Afro-Latino, hip-hop, soul, rhythm, and blues. Knoxx is musically involved in all aspects of playing, creating, and producing sound while making visuals or images to capture different emotions and ideas. His versatile background with varying forms of music allows him to blend traditional & contemporary styles while constantly trying out new frameworks, creating music and film that work together rather than separate practices.
Walter Echo-Hawk is a Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor. He represents Indian tribes on important legal issues, such as treaty rights, water rights, religious freedom, prisoner rights, and repatriation rights. His career spans the pivotal years when Indian tribes reclaimed their land, sovereignty, and pride in a stride toward freedom. As a Native American rights attorney since 1973, Echo-Hawk was instrumental in the passage of landmark laws—such as, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments (1994). He is also the author of In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided (2010).
Presented in partnership with the Center for Great Plains Studies
Keynote: James June – Humor and Healing
10:15: Student Engagement Activity Encourage individual participation on one to one device/computer for the best experience
10:45 Breakout Session 1: Expand Your Career Knowledge
11:45 Lunch break w/virtual Trivia: Prize drawings for participants
12:30 Session 2: Culture Is Strength
1:45 PM Youth Engagement Activity/Escape Room
2:00 PM Closing Session: Summer Program announcements, Youth Advisory Council opportunity
2:05-2:30 Closing Keynote/Prayer/Adjourn
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