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Native Knowledge 360˚ Teacher Workshop Series Indigenous Women: Artists and Activists
During this online 3-part teacher workshop series, teachers will be introduced to the intersection of Indigenous activism and artists elevating their message through art and prose in children’s literature and from art in the Museum’s collection that centers on Indigenous Women activists.

In session 2, on Thursday, February 17, 2022, teachers will be led by Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambé Owingeh) and Founder of American Indians in Children's Literature, who will lead discussion with the artist and illustrator of award-winning Children’s book, Water Walker, Joanne Robertson (AnishinaabeKwe). They will discuss Water Walker as a classroom tool to deepen student knowledge of Indigenous women’s roles and contributions in urgent matters of representation and the environment. Recommended for teachers of Elementary Grades 2 and Up.

Please consider registering for all three sessions.

This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

Feb 17, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Debbie Reese, PhD
Founder @American Indians in Children's Literature
Tribally enrolled at Nambé Owingeh, Debbie Reese has taught in elementary and university classrooms. Her research focuses on depictions of Native peoples in children's books, and her book chapters and articles are used in English, Education, and Library Science courses in the US and Canada. She launched American Indians in Children's Literature in 2006. In 2016, she was invited to deliver the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center's lecture on Indigenous Land, and in 2019, she was selected to deliver the American Library Association's May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.
Joanne Robertson
Author and Illustrator
Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe, Bald Eagle clan, and her communities are Atikameksheng, Essex County and Algoma. She earned her degree in Fine Arts from Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig at age 50. She helped coordinate Grandmother Josephine-ba Mandamin’s water walks since 2011. She continues to support water walks through live GPS spotting to ensure the water and water walkers are safe. She is currently working on a third book for the water.