Native American Read-In
Join this virtual family-friendly celebration of the work of Native American creators. Attendees will enjoy reading/telling sessions, Native art and music, and live Q&A with the artists. All are welcome for this #OwnVoices read-aloud event.
This will be a live online event that will not be recorded.
Featured Native authors, artists and storytellers
Apache, Arikara, Hidatsa
Tony Duncan is accomplished in both music and dance. He is among the best hoop dancers in the world, earning the title "World Champion Hoop Dancer" 6 times. As a flute player, he has received the Artist of the Year award at the Native American Music Awards.
Plains Cree, Taino
Touring nationally and internationally since 1991, Violet Duncan has performed for audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe through work as a Native American dancer, hoop dancer, choreographer, storyteller and author.
Roger Fernandes is an artist, storyteller and educator whose work focuses on the Coast Salish tribal cultures of Western Washington. His work as an artist includes traditional Coast Salish art and designs, and he has created public art pieces for a wide range of entities.
Michaela Goade is a Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times best-selling illustrator of We Are Water Protectors. Other books include I Sang You Down from the Stars, and Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy, winner of the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book.
Kinsale Hueston is a 2017-18 National Student Poet, writer, critically acclaimed narrator, and a senior at Yale University. She is the recipient of the Yale Young Native Storytellers Award for Spoken Word/Storytelling, the J. Edgar Meeker Prize, and three National Scholastic Gold Medals.
Eastern Band Cherokee
Dr. Cheryl Metoyer is an associate professor emeritus at the University of Washington iSchool. She is the Director of iNative, a research group at the iSchool led by Native American and Alaska Native scholars, information professionals, and students that examines the information challenges faced by Native communities.
Squaxin Island / Pueblo of
Joe Seymour is an accomplished visual artist who has worked with glass, photography, Salish wool weaving, prints, wood, steel and rawhide drums. He has been a professional artist since 2006 and comes from a blended tribal background. He is Squaxin Island on his father’s side, and Pueblo Acoma, a tribe in New Mexico, on his mother’s side.
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Muscogee Creek Nation
Cynthia Leitich Smith is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning children’s-YA author, writing teacher, and the author-curator of the Native-centered Heartdrum imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Her debut picture book, Jingle Dancer, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, is widely considered a modern classic.
Traci Sorell writes award-winning fiction and nonfiction for young people. She is a two-time Sibert Medal and Orbis Pictus honoree for her nonfiction work. Her first five books have received awards from the American Indian Library Association.
To expand access to this important event, the Native American Read-In will be presented free of charge, but the event is not free to produce. The Information School and Read-a-Rama will compensate these creators for their work, and we’re asking you to pitch in. Will you help us reach our $10,000 goal to support the Native American Read-In? Make a gift today!
About the Read-In:
The Native American Read-In is hosted by Dr. Michelle H. Martin and iSchool Master of Library and Information Science students and sponsored by the UW iSchool and Read-a-Rama. The event is modeled after the National Council of Teachers of English’s African American Read-In Initiative.
This event is supported in part by: