Flagstaff literary workshop explores the past, present and future of Navajo homeland

By Tom Maxedon
Published: Friday, November 17, 2023 - 7:05am
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2023 - 10:35am

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Hannah Manuelito
Amber McCrary runs Abalone Mountain Press and is a Diné author/poet.

Flagstaff Public Library is hosting a free interactive seminar exploring the past, present, and future of Dinétah, the homeland of the Navajo Nation.

The writing workshop is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The last workshop of its kind for the year caps off a series led by Diné poet, publisher and artist Amber McCrary and creative writing professor Shaina Nez.

The program explores poems and stories from "The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature."

McCrary said attendees will discuss how writing can help them understand challenges shaping Indigenous landscapes while offering an opportunity to share their own experiences. 

“They kind of have their own stories and knowledge from their grandparents that they’ve heard," McCrary said. "So, it brings something new to the table that I’ve never heard before and I just really value a lot of the stories.”   

Participants will receive free lunch and a copy of the anthology.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to correct the date of the event to Saturday, Nov. 18.

Hannah Manuelito
Amber McCrary is a by Diné poet, publisher, and artist. She runs Abalone Mountain Press.

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