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Stjukshon: An Indigenous Reading Series
w/ Simon J. Ortiz, Bojan Louis & Tygel Pinto
Friday, March 29
$5 Suggested Donation
The word “Stjukshon” is one of the ways that the Northern Piman term for Tucson can be written. It translates to “Spring at the foot of a black mountain.” Curated by Blackfeet tribal member, Bill Wetzel, Stjukshon is a reading series that seeks to celebrate the work of indigenous writers and artists working in a variety of creative mediums.
Join us for a night of stories, literature and music featuring legendary Native writer and storyteller, Simon J. Ortiz, diverse poet and prose writer, Bojan Louis and innovative, hip-hop flutist, Tygel Pinto. Materials from the artists will be available for purchase and signing after the event. Refreshments will be served.
SIMON J. ORTIZ, Acoma poet, writer, storyteller, professor, author of Woven Stone, After and Before the Lightning, Out There Somewhere, from Sand Creek, The Good Rainbow Road and other works, has been part of the Indigenous American traditional and contemporary social-cultural-political environment for years. Currently, he's a Regents Professor at ASU and involved with the beginning process of putting together an Indigenous Land, Culture, Community 'Zine: Writing & Other Arts (tentative title). "Write and story and live," he says, "no matter what".
BOJAN LOUIS is a member of the Navajo Nation — Naakaii Dine’é; Ashiihí; Ta’neezahnii; Bilgáana. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Platte Valley Review, Hinchas de Poesía, and the American Indian Research and Culture Journal;his fiction in Alaska Quarterly Review; his nonfiction in the Guillotine Series. He has been a resident at The MacDowell Colony. He earns his ends and writing time by working as an electrician, construction worker, and English Instructor at universities and community colleges.
TYGEL PINTO was born in Gallup, New Mexico and spent most of his early childhood on the Navajo reservation. He moved to Tucson, Arizona around ten years ago and has been playing the flute here in Tucson for that same amount of time. He has had the pleasure and honor of playing for many events including the Tucson Meet Yourself and the 4th Ave Street Fair. He has also appeared on the Duke and Cat Show and premiered on the Gallup local radio station KGLP 91.7 fm. He loves to play music and the ability it has in unifying people. His goal is to bring people together even if it’s for one moment.