Special Projects at Kluge-Ruhe

First People: Indigenous Writers from Australia and North America • Tuesday September 8, 2015


September 2015

At the Mary and David Harrison Institute, six Indigenous Australian writers and two Indigenous American writers read from and discussed their work in a panel discussion. Each writer read from a work of their choice, after which Karenne Wood (Monacan) led a dialogue about Indigenous identity and writing, followed by Q & A and a reception with refreshments. Indigenous Australian writers included Bruce Pascoe (Bunurong, Tasmanian), Jared Thomas (Nukunu), Dub Leffler (Bigambul, Mandandanji), Jeanine Leane (Wiradjuri), Ellen Van Neervan (Yugambeh) and Cathy Craigie (Gamilaroi, Anaiwon) are members of the First Nations Australian Writers Network, an organization that advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers. Indigenous American writers included award-winning poets Karenne Wood (Monacan) of the Virginia Indian Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Deborah Miranda (Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen), who teaches at Washington and Lee University.

Presented in partnership with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the First Nations Australian Writers Network, and the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture.