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Congrats to our own Tanaya Winder

August 27, 2009

Tanaya Winder spent the first year of the MFA program traveling once a month to her home on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in southern Colorado where she volunteered teaching creative writing workshops at a local library.

She was nominated for the First Peoples Fund “Community Spirit Award,” which annually honors established American Indian artists who have made significant and sustained contributions to their communities through their leadership, teaching, generosity and artistic endeavors and who are leaders, teachers, and mentors in their communities. Unlike other national awards that select recipients based on a long resume of art shows, exhibitions and awards, the Community Spirit Award recognizes the selected artists as keepers of traditional tribal wisdom and culture who are nominated by their tribal community.

This past spring semester ’09 Tanaya received The Lynn Reyer Award in Tribal Community Development fellowship to work on her nonfiction
dissertation on the originof alcohol in Native Am. communities and its transference through ancestral memory from that past pain to the trauma of today.

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