WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: a three-part series

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: a three-part series

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
More than Pocahontas and Squaws: Indigenous Women Coming into Visibility, a presentation by Dr. Laura Tohe (Diné), professor emerita at Arizona State University and Navajo Nation Poet Laureate (2015-2019)
4:00 p.m. Arizona time via Zoom
This visual presentation shows how Indigenous American women have contributed service to Arizona and the US, yet remain invisible in the media and stereotyped in early films. Nevertheless, they have been honored in all areas of public service—law, medicine, literature, military, education, and activism with awards such as the Presidential Freedom, the McArthur (genius award), among others. Among some traditional tribal cultures, women’s lives are modeled after female heroes and sacred women who exemplify and express courage and kinship values. Rites of passage celebrate female creativity and the transformative nature of women, hence there was not a need for the concept of feminism. This talk presents cultural aspects of Indigenous culture and how women have contributed in significant ways, not only to their tribal nations, but to contemporary American life. 45-minute presentation plus Q&A. This talk will not be recorded.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
The Navajo Long Walk (1863 through 1868): Through the Eyes of Navajo Women, a presentation by Dr. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie, professor emerita of Navajo at Northern Arizona University
4:00 p.m. Arizona time via Zoom
The Navajo people of old were forced to leave their homes and walk over 450 miles to Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico where they were imprisoned on a small reservation. For four long years the Navajo people faced hunger, loneliness, disorientation, illnesses, severe environmental conditions, and hopelessness. Navajo women were forced to become warriors. It was the nurturing role, words and actions of women that spared the lives of the ones who survived. Before their release from prisoner of war status in 1968, it was the demands of the women that led the Navajo people back to their original lands in northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico. The Long Walk has been collected in historical literature by non-Navajo authors. Absent from the literature is the Navajo perspective. The audience will hear the Navajo female elders’ version of the Long Walk in this presentation. 45-minute presentation plus Q&A. This talk will not be recorded.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
China Mary: History and Legend, a presentation by Dr. Li Yang, faculty associate at Arizona State University
4:00 p.m. Arizona time via Zoom
A 1960 episode of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, the first Western television series, immortalized China Mary as a strong, powerful and ruthless Asian female figure in American popular imagination. The legend of her as an infamous Dragon Lady who ruled Tombstone’s Chinatown with an iron fist cannot be substantiated by historical research. Yang’s presentation will debunk the myth of China Mary and tell the real story of her as well as other Chinese who lived in Tombstone, Arizona during the exclusion period. 45-minute presentation plus Q&A. This talk will not be recorded.

This series is made possible through a partnership with Arizona Humanities.

Thumbnail: China Mary, ca. 1880s. Public domain


Teachers of grades k-12:
Professional development hours are available for each talk.
An evaluation of each program is required in order to receive a certificate.
Certificates will be emailed.

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