The history and cultural identity of the Native Americans and the Jewish people share legacies that help shape the most pressing issues of our society.
From the American Holocaust (the genocide of our indigenous people and subsequent ethnic cleansing through the Indian Schools) to the Nazi Holocaust and other global genocides, we must come to reconcile truths of unimaginable injustice to teach our children the meaning and value of our shared humanity.
The Las Vegas Jewish Film explores the subject in three events for our September Virtual Film Festival: a documentary screening and discussion, a poetry reading and a discussion of Native American literature.
The Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival is honored to collaborate with Joy Harjo, an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is also the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.
For the third event in this series, Joy Harjo will participate in a webinar conversation with author Terry Tempest Williams about the August, 2020 publication of the first When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, on Thursday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m.
The author of nine books of poetry, plays and children's books, and a memoir, her honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, a PEN USA Literary Award, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writers’ Award, a Rasmuson US Artist Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Harjo is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
Terry Tempest Williams is an American writer, educator, conservationist, and activist. Williams' writing is rooted in the American West.
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