Renae Watchman Speaks at Diné College

When: Thursday, April 18, 2024

Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m., AZT

Where: 1st Floor, Ned Hatathli Cultural Center, Diné College, Tsaile, AZ, and Facebook Live

Renae Watchman will speak about her book Restoring Relations Through Stories: From Dinétah to Denendeh at Diné College’s Nits’áá dóó ídahwiil’aah “We are learning from you,” speaker series. Watchman is an associate professor of Indigenous studies at McMaster University; she teaches Indigenous literatures and Indigenous film and is the co-editor of Indianthusiasm: Indigenous Responses. Her book introduces the dynamic field of Indigenous film through a close analysis of two distinct Diné-directed feature-length films, and ends by introducing Dene literatures. This talk will be the final one for the Spring Speaker Series. The event will be in-person at Ned Hatathli Cultural Center at Diné College and on Facebook live. The lecture is free and open to the public.

About the book:

This insightful volume delves into land-based Diné and Dene imaginaries as embodied in stories—oral, literary, and visual. Like the dynamism and kinetic facets of hózhǫ́,* Restoring Relations Through Stories takes us through many landscapes, places, and sites. Renae Watchman introduces the book with an overview of stories that bring Tsé Bitʼaʼí, or Shiprock Peak, the sentinel located in what is currently the state of New Mexico, to life.

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