Native American Playwrights
One of the Greatest Threats to Native America is Indifference
We Strive Not To Become Invisible
Welcome to the Native American Playwright Web Site
In order to create a dialog of understanding the voice of Native America must be heard. To begin this dialog the words of Native America must be accessible. The development of a database accessible to performing arts companies and the public is a step toward achieving this goal.
Working toward change and understanding this information can be used by: artists, teachers, students, communities, publishers, writers, military and all others seeking to promote Native Theatre and cultural preservation.
With the help and guidance of many friends working in Native Theatre I have gathered a collection of playwrights and an alpha listing of their works. You will find some information missing or incomplete. I have chosen to launch this site in the hope that those who share this site will contact me to help correct or add information, which will assist in the promotion of Native Theatre.
We must hold one another up high and stand beside our brothers and sisters.
There is a story to tell and it is we who must tell it,
so that our children may learn.
Dianne Yeahquo Reyner , Kiowa
The research and development of this Site began as a student project at Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbanna. Because of the potential for increased cultural exchange and communication this project attracted funding from:
- US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center
- Construction Engineering Research Laboratory - CERL
A home for this Site has been provided by Haskell Indian Nations University.
The gathering of this information began as part of my American Indian Studies, Bachelor of Arts, internship requirement at Haskell Indian Nations University. There are a few people who should be recognized separately for their guidance and devotion: Pat Melody: Artistic Director for Thunderbird Theatre, Dr. Diane K. Mann: Principal Investigator for the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Dr. Ann Haugo: Instructional Assistant Professor of Theatre and Womens Studies at Illinois State University, Bill Wortman: Miami University King Library; Native American Women Playwrights Archive, Dr. Smokey McKinney: Dir. American Indian Studies at HINU, the University of Illinois Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), and to the Native American community surrounding the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbanna for their courage and vision.
You are welcome to use the information on this site to help promote Native Theatre and for your own knowledge however, I retain full rights to my work. Thank you for visiting and thank you for supporting Native American Theatre, aho.
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