Winoka Begay Yepa

Winoka Begay / Story Maps Program Manager

Story Maps Program Manager / 505.424.5050 ext. 1005 /

Winoka is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies program at the University of New Mexico with a graduate minor in museum studies. Her focuses are Indigenous education, identity studies, decolonial and critical race theory, museum interpretation, and art education. Of Diné (Navajo) heritage, Winoka Begay was born and raised on the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. She is a semi-fluent speaker of her Navajo language, an advocate for the sustainability and revitalization of Indigenous cultures and languages, and a strong supporter for the arts and arts education. Winoka currently holds two degrees; a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law and Native American Studies and a Masters of Arts in American Indian Studies with a concentration in Indigenous education. Winoka is currently in the process of working on her dissertation research which aims to identify alternative and new representations of Indigenous identity from a decolonial perspective through storytelling and discussion, while also identifying how art-based practices impact the development of identity for Indigenous youth. Most of her work is directed toward young Indigenous people, as a means of helping them develop their own voice within their community and to inspire the youth to take action in their communities, whether that is through activism, policymaking, self- expression, or creating new learning opportunities for future generations.