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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GRANT FROM MISSOURI ARTS COUNCIL PAVES WAY FOR RESIDENCY OF TEWA PUEBLO INDIAN AT SOUTHEAST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 5, 2002 - A $2,000 grant from the Missouri Arts Council has paved the way for a weeklong residency at Southeast Missouri State University for a Tewa Pueblo Indian.

Nora Naranjo-Morse, who is a sculptor, writer and video producer of films that examine the continuing social changes within Pueblo culture, will spend April 8-13 at Southeast. During the week, Naranjo-Morse will work intensively in the classroom with Southeast students and will present a clay handbuilding workshop during the evenings for the general public. She also will make several public presentations.

The ceramics workshop, titled "Our Home-Ourselves," will allow participants to work with indigenous clays traditionally gathered by Pueblo people from the New Mexico mountains. Two types of clays will be used - micaceous clay gathered from northern New Mexico used for utilitarian purposes and Santa Clara Clay used for shaping ceremonial and, more recently, decorative vessels. The rich history of Pueblo pottery will be discussed via a slide presentation and videos that look at Pueblo pottery techniques and styles. The workshop will conclude with a pit firing of forms made by the workshop participants. This workshop is open to the public. The cost is $75, and enrollment is limited. Those interested should contact Amy Kephart at (573) 651-2721 or akephart@semo.edu.

On Wednesday, April 10, Naranjo-Morse will make a presentation titled "Pueblo Humor: A Healing Component of Traditional Pueblo Humor." The talk is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Indian Room. This event is co-sponsored by the Common Hour program, but is being held at 5:30 p.m. to allow more members of the public to attend.

On Thursday, April 11, Naranjo-Morse will present her capstone talk, "Southwest Pueblos Then and Now: How We Keep Our Culture Alive." This presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall.

Both of the talks are free and open to the public.

Amy Kephart, Southeast assistant professor of art; Dr. Susan Swartwout, Southeast associate professor of English; and Dr. Carol Morrow, associate professor of anthropology, collaborated to arrange the residency. In addition to the grant from the Missouri Arts Council, University support for the residency was provided via a Funding for Results grant and through the ad hoc Committee on University Relations with Native Americans.

For more information about the residency, contact Dr. Carol Morrow at (573) 651-5934 or cmorrow@semo.edu.

 

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