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Native American spirituality lecture topic

Native American spirituality will be the topic of a presentation by Terry Tafoya, a Taos Pueblo and Warm Springs Indian who is an international consultant on multiculturalism, bilingual education and transcultural issues of mental health, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Peabody Hall’s Leonard Theatre at Miami University.

Tafoya’s "Mending the Sacred Hoop and Embracing the Shadow" will be part of Miami’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Tafoya will visit Miami Nov. 18-20 to participate in student affairs’ 11th annual Building Community Forum and to meet with students and faculty. His visit includes two additional public presentations: "Hands, Heart and Head: Cooperative Approaches to Education in a Changing World," at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in the Shriver Center multipurpose rooms and "Cross Cultural Education in the Classroom" at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Marcum Conference Center. The latter is the keynote speech for the Lilly Conference on Education.

Trained as a traditional Native American storyteller, Tafoya has used American Indian ritual and ceremony in his work as a family therapist, while serving as clinical faculty and senior staff for the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. He also directed the Transcultural Counseling Program at Evergreen State College, where he was a professor of psychology.

In 1988, Tafoya took a leave of absence from his professorships to co-found the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, a CDC-funded minority AIDS Project. In 1989, he created Tamanawit Unltd., his consulting firm.

Tafoya’s visit is sponsored by the student activities office with support from the Lilly Conference and the provost’s office.

Date Published: 11/11/1999
Volume: 19   Number: 16


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