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|SOUTHEASTERN SUMMER INSTITUTE TO FOCUS ON NATIVE AMERICAN
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University English professor Carole McAllister has received a $32,553 grant
from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities for “Native American Voices:
Making Connections,” a summer institute for teachers.
The institute, scheduled for
June 3-26, is open to 25 Florida Parishes history, social studies,
literature and art teachers of all grades levels. Teachers will receive
a $500 stipend and can earn three hours of graduate credit. Three-hour
classes will meet four days a week for four weeks on the Southeastern campus.
Teachers can apply for a tuition
waiver through their local school boards.
"Native American Voices: Making
Connections" will focus on the importance of story by listening to significant
Native American voices, past and present, McAllister said. Participants
will “hear” the voices through readings of Native American myths, tribal
stories, family memories, and personal narratives, as well as contemporary
poetry, short fiction, and novels.
“People of all ages love to listen
to stories; they reaffirm our humanness,” McAllister said. “When we study
Native American literature, we learn the importance of story to the survival
of their culture. We learn how to listen to the voices of many different
McAllister said class readings
will concentrate on Native Americans of the Southeast and Southwest, but
will also touch on significant voices from Northwest and Plains cultures.
The institute will open with
tribal stories by Coushatta tribe member Bertney Langley, a professional
storyteller. Participants also will hear from a number of scholar consultants,
including Kellen Gilbert, head of Southeastern’s Department of Sociology
and Criminal Justice, who will speak on the anthropology of indigenous
peoples of the Americas, and Kara Faust, visiting professor of psychology,
who researched Navaho storytelling for her doctoral dissertation.
Rebecca Sanders, curator of anthropology
at Louisiana State University’s Museum of National Science, will lead a
field trip to a Native American burial mound site in Tangipahoa Parish.
The institute will also hear from a representative of the Chitimacha Native
American tribe, Southeastern English instructor Francis Broussard, and
Native American Johnnice Daniel, who is an area resident.
McAllister said her interest
in Native American studies stems from one of her students, Carlon Andre,
who asked her approximately eight years ago to direct her master’s thesis
on Chitimacha creation myths. “Her interest and knowledge sparked my own
curiosity,” McAllister said. “In order to learn about Native American literature,
I developed a special studies course.”
The deadline to apply for the
summer institute is March 31. Interested teachers can contact McAllister
for an application and brochure at 985-549-2044 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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