Join the Autry and Navajo multimedia documentarian Pamela J. Peters as she introduces two evenings featuring remarkable Navajo poets whose beautiful words integrate Diné history, language and culture. This Zoom event will showcase the talents of Sherwin Bitsui and Tacey M. Atsitty on July 16, and will conclude with readings from Jake Skeets and Rowie Shebala on July 23.
Navajos have all been deeply impacted, either directly or indirectly through our kinship ties, by COVID-19. Most news reporting reveals the tragic impact of COVID-19 on the Navajo reservation, yet we rarely hear from the people directly impacted. These readings offers an opportunity to hear from Navajo people who have been affected by the virus. Their distinctive poetry illustrates the perseverance of the People, the strong connections individuals have to their homeland, and the language and traditional life of the Diné.
This Zoom event will not only showcase four Navajo poets, but will also provide an opportunity to donate to the Utah Navajo COVID-19 Relief Program. This program was created under the Utah Navajo Health system to provide food and supplies to elders. Program coordinator Sahar Khadjenoury will describe the organization’s efforts, provide information on making donations, and explain how each donation helps the surrounding tribal communities.