Monday, May 06, 2013

Luci Tapahonso - the Navajo Nation's First Poet Laureate

Indian Country Today sings her praises.

From the article...

On April 24, Elmer Guy, president of Navajo Technical College, announced the appointment of Luci Tapahonso as the Navajo Nation’s first Poet Laureate. Tapahonso will officially assume her role for the two-year position at the college’s commencement ceremonies on May 17, Guy said in revealing the award.

The goal of designating a chief poet is “to encourage other Navajo poets, writers, film makers and artists to realize how important their work is to the continuance and growth of Navajo contemporary culture,” Guy said at a press conference announcing Tapahonso’s honor. “Luci represents the best of what it is to be DinĂ©, honoring our traditions, while at the same time forming a contemporary voice that speaks beautifully to all people.”

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