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Native American Poetry and Performance Art on Tap at UCR

Native American Poetry and Performance Art on Tap at UCR

(May 19, 2000)

The University of California, Riverside will welcome Native American artists and scholars Carter Revard and Diane Way to campus Wednesday, May 24, for a poetry reading and performance that are free and open to the public.

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Revard, a poet and former Rhodes Scholar who studies medieval English literature and Native American Literature, will read his poetry at 1:30 p.m. in Terrace Room C, with a reception and book signing afterward in the nearby Native American Student Center.

Revard, a member of the Osage tribe, has published poetry in three poetry collections: "Ponca War Dancers" (1980); "Cowboys and Indians, Christmas Shopping" (1992); and "An Eagle Nation" (1993). His most recent book is "Family Matters: Tribal Affairs" (1998).

The English and Creative Writing departments, and the Center for Ideas and Society, are sponsoring the visit.

Way, a professional storyteller, actress and writer, will perform at 4 p.m. in the Studio Theater in Olmsted Hall, with a reception to follow sponsored by the Autobiography group and the Center for Ideas and Society. Way, who is both Lakota and Cheyenne, is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Ableza: A Native American Arts and Film Institute in San Jose, CA.

She has written for radio, television and film. Her current project is "Ancient Whispers - Future Voices," a one-woman, multimedia stage piece.

"Ancient Whispers - Future Voices" expresses and exemplifies the aesthetic and moral imperative of self-definition by American Indian peoples, not only in terms of racial and tribal identity, but in all forms of art and academics," Way wrote.

She has received numerous national and international awards as a playwright, director, and actress. In 1991, she held the Alan T. Gilliland Endowed Chair Professorship in the Film Division of Theatre Arts at San Jose State.

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