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CAROLYN M. DUNN, Tunica-Choctaw-Biloxi
CAROLYN M. DUNN, Tunica-Choctaw-Biloxi
Carolyn M. Dunn, Ph.D., is an Indigenous artist whose identity includes Cherokee, Muskogee Creek, Seminole and Choctaw Freedman descent on her father's side, and Tunica-Choctaw-Biloxi and French Creole on her mother's. Her work has been recognized by the Wordcraft Circle of Storytellers and Writers as Book of the Year for poetry (Outfoxing Coyote, 2002) as well as the Year's Best in 1999 for her short story "Salmon Creek Road Kill", and the Native American Music Awards (for the Mankillers cd Comin to Getcha). In addition to Outfoxing Coyote, her books include Through the Eye of the Deer (with Carol Zitzer-Comfort) Aunt Lute Books, 1999), Hozho: Walking in Beauty (with Paula Gunn Allen, McGraw Hill, 2002), Coyote Speaks (with Ari Berk, H.N. Abrams, 2008), Echolocation: Poems, Stories and Songs from Indian Country: L.A. (Fezziweg Press, 2013), and The Stains of Burden and Dumb Luck (Mongrel Empire Press, 2017). Her plays The Frybread Queen, Ghost Dance, and Soledad have been developed and staged at Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles. Directing credits include the Red Road and Round Dance, both by Arigon Starr, 49 by Hanay Geoigamah, Sliver of a Full Moon by Mary Kathryn Nagle, as well as Nagle’s new play Sovereignty for Heller Theater Company at Tulsa Performing Arts Center in October, 2018. She has two new plays, Soledad and The Bone Picker, both currently in development.
Dr. Dunn is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles and serves as Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Indigenous Theater Company (formerly Oklahoma City Theater Company’s New Native American Play Festival), She resides in Los Angeles and in Oklahoma with her family. She stays #CLOSETOCULTURE by using her writing, plays, and poetry to bring attention and awareness to issues that affect Indian Country.
Check out past episodes of Red Hoop Talk:
- Episode 65: Zack Khalil (Ojibway), filmmaker and artist
- Episode 64: Darrell Hillaire (Lummi Nation), Executive Director of Children of the Setting Sun Productions
- Episode 63: From Repatriation to Rematriation: Honoring the Ancestors and Their Seeds - from the 2020 6th Annual Repatriation Conference
- Episode 62: Rose Petoskey (Grand Traverse Bands of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians), Attorney and mentor.
- Episode 61: Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee) talking about how repatriation is a human right.
- Episode 60: Dr. Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway Indian Nation) activist and scholar
- Episode 59: The "BEST OF" Red Hoop Talk, we revisit our favorite moments, share love, laughter, and stories as we celebrate 59 episodes of staying #CloseToCulture.
- Episode 58: Grandmother Drum: Women and the Drum, with Anishinaabe Grandmothers, Aunties and friends about the history and politics of the drum.
- Episode 57: Nadema Agard (Lakota/Cherokee/Powhatan) and Pura Fe (Taino/Tuscarora) talk with us about women and ceremonies, birthing and rebirthing and the uprising of Indigenous women's strength.
- Episode 56: Gena R. Timberman (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) principle of the Luksi Group, LLC.
- Episode 55: Frank Ettawageshik (Odawa), President of the Association on American Indian Affairs & Executive Director of the United Tribes of Michigan.
- Episode 54: Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca) Professor of Gender Studies, American Indian Studies, and Critical Race Studies in the Law School at UCLA.
- Episode 53: Jamie Marquez-Bratcher (Oglala Lakota), Kaitlin Lenhard (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), Colleen Medicine (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), and Shannon O'Loughlin (Choctaw), from the Association on American Indian Affairs.
- Episode 52: Hali McKelvie (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), Community Outreach Specialist for Uniting Three Fires Against Violence.
- Episode 51: Thomas M. Yeahpau (Kiowa/Apache), filmmaker, musician, actor and writer of X-Indian Chronicles: The Book of Mausape and The Last Pow-Wow.
- Episode 50: Alvin Windy Boy Sr. (Cree), former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Council Member, and Council Chairman of Rocky Boy Indian Reservation and founder and CEO of iResponse, LLC.
- Episode 49: Women's History Month with Jackie Crow Shoe (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), Siena East (Choctaw/Isleta Pueblo), Pura Fé (Tuscarora/Taino), and Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota).
- Episode 48: Angeline Boulley (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), Ojibwe writer and author of Firekeeper's Daughter
- Episode 47: Kansas Begaye (Navajo), award-winning recording artist, inspirational speaker and Miss Indian World 2013-2014.
- Episode 46: Raeanne Madison (Ojibwe), holistic doula, birth and parenting educator, and owner of Postpartum Healing Lodge.
- Episode 45: Rory Wheeler (Seneca Nation), Native youth advocate and mentor
- Episode 44: Patrick Del Percio (Cherokee, Italian, Irish), Cherokee language instructor, translator, and faculty at the University of Oklahoma
- Episode 43: Celebrating Native Love with Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota), founder and director of First Nations Repatriation Institute, and George McCauley (Omaha), Indian Child Welfare Act Training Administrator for the University of Duluth
- Episode 42: April D. Tinhorn (Haulapai, Navajo and Chinese), founder and owner of Tinhorn Consulting, LLC.
- Episode 41: Dustin Martin (Navajo), athlete and Executive Director of Wings of America
- Episode 40: Debra Yepa-Pappan (Pueblo of Jemez), Artist and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Field Museum
- Episode 39: Colleen Medicine (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), Program Director, Association on American Indian Affairs & River Kerstetter (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), Public Affairs and Outreach Coordinator, Association on American Indian Affairs
- Episode 38: Ernest House, Jr. (Ute Mountain Ute), Senior Policy Director at Keystone Policy Center
- Episode 37: Open Talking Circle
- Episode 36: Siena East (Choctaw), Writer, Comedian, Actress
- Episode 35: Shaun Taylor-Corbett (Blackfeet), Actor, Singer, and Writer
- Episode 34: Raquel Quinones (Spirit Lake Dakota), YouTuber, Influencer, Video Producer and Writer
- Episode 33: Victoria Sweet (Anishinaabe), Director of Indigenous Communities Grantmaking at the NoVo Foundation
- Episode 32: Special Edition: Envisioning Our Future Talking Circle, Tommy Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes), Author, Shaun Taylor-Corbett (Blackfeet) actor, singer, and writer, Azie Dungey (Pamunkey and African-American) writer and creator, Siena East (Choctaw), writer, comedian, and actress, Raquel Quinones (Spirit Lake Dakota), YouTuber Influencer, Video Producer and Writer, Ryan Young Two (Two Spirit Ojibwe), Photographer/Printmaker and 8th Generation 2 Spirit Blanket Designing Artist
- Episode 31: Carly Bad Heart Bull (Dakota/Muscogee Creek), Executive Director of Native Ways Federation
- Episode 30: Gabe Galanda (Round Valley Tribes), Tribal Attorney & founder of Huy
- Episode 29: Votan Ik (Maya & Nahua) & Leah Lewis (Pueblo, Diné & Hopi), NSRGNTS Brand / Collective
- Episode 28: Robert O. Saunooke (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Tribal Attorney
- Episode 27: Earl Evans (Haliwa-Saponi Tribe), Tribal Specialist
- Episode 26: Mary Ann Jacobs (Lumbee Tribe), Associate Professor & Author
- Episode 25: Open Talking Circle, Dallin Maybee, Vance Blackfox & Levi Rickert showed up with some of our chat room regulars as special guests
- Episode 24: Christine Diindiisi McCleave (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Nation), Executive Director of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
- Episode 23: with Vance Blackfox (Cherokee Nation), Philanthropist & founder of Other+Wise
- Episode 22: with Lynn LaPointe (Sicangu Lakota), Youth educator and activist
- Episode 21: with Kimberly Guerrero (Colville/Salish-Kootenai/Cherokee), Actress & founding member of The Stylehorse Collective
- Episode 20: with Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho & Seneca), Artist and Performer
- Episode 19: with Sandy White Hawk (Lakota), Founder and Director of First Nations Repatriation Institute
- Episode 18: with Brok M. "Chata Tuska" Weaver (MOWA Band of Choctaw), MMA and UFC fighter
- Episode 17: with DeAnna M. Rivera (Boriken Taino Nation), pro bono attorney and Assistant Professor at USC
- Episode 16: with Tom Holm (Cherokee Nation), Retired Professor, prolific author and Vietnam War Veteran
- Episode 15: with Alli Joseph (Shinnecock Nation), Storyteller & Documentary Filmmaker
- Episode 14: with Dion Killsback (Northern Cheyenne), Attorney in Indian Law
- Episode 13: with Lisa Martin (Muscogee), Medical Anthropologist & Shannon Martin (Gun Lake Potawatomi), Director of Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways
- Episode 12: with Sheldon Spotted Elk (Northern Cheyenne), Attorney, ICWA practitioner and Tribal Judge
- Episode 11: with Pura Fe (Tuscarora & Taino Nations), Song-Writer and Activist
- Episode 10: with Santee Frazier (Cherokee Nation), Author, Poet and Professor
- Episode 9: with Gerald "Jay" Harris (Crow), Attorney for Big Horn County, Montana
- Episode 8: with Dr. Sonya Atalay (Anishinaabe-Ojibwe), Associate Professor at the Univ. of Mass. Amherst
- Episode 7: with Walter Ruiz (Yoeme/Yaqui), Director of the Southern California Chapter of AIM
- Episode 6: with Leonard Harjo (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma), Former Chief of the Seminole Nation
- Episode 5: with Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi), Publisher/Editor of Native News Online
- Episode 4: with Brian Frejo (Pawnee and Seminole), Motivational Speaker
- Episode 3: with Jackie Crow Shoe (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), Indian Child Welfare Advocate
- Episode 2: with Kim Mettler (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation), CEO of Heart River Coaching
- Episode 1: Introduction about Red Hoop Talk with Roy and Shannon
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