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SFAI is pleased to present the next Conversations @ SFAI. As SFAI explores the complex terrain of Immigration / Emigration, we investigate the relationships between dominant and marginalized cultures. We ask how and if indigenous/regional identities should be assimilated by immigrants? What are the ethical boundaries in adopting these identities? Where is the line between empathizing and patronizing? How do language, land use, and religious expression become elements in colonization and/or collaboration?

150622 RSVPHereOur three presenters are Jade Huang, the Taiwan Ministry of Culture SFAI Exchange Fellow; Ann Filemyr, Ph.D, poet and Dean of Southwestern College and New Earth Institute, who studied with an Ojibwe herbal medicine woman; and Stephen Wall, author, artist, and lawyer and Indigenous Liberal Studies Chair at the Institute for American Indian Arts.

Conversations @ SFAI take place at Santa Fe Art Institute, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr. For more information please contact: Nina Elder, SFAI Residency Program Manager 505.424.5050.


JADE HUANG is the Taiwan Ministry of Culture SFAI Exchange Fellow. She comes from the beautiful island of  Taiwan and is a free writer. She has been involved in Edinburgh, Avignon and Colon Arts Festivals, and is also the Public Relations Director of Langasan Theatre (Taiwan). Jade has spent years discovering the dilemma of indigenous groups in Taiwan, and the destruction of the natural environment resulting from industrial development. Born in 1986, Jade has won several important literary prizes in Taiwan: Liberty Times Award, Yang-Mu Poem Award, and The Excellent Youth Poet Prize in 2015. Jade published works include a collection of poems, Who Tears the Tribe Into Half? She now is devoting herself to a series of nature writings and fiction, and her second novel, Where Is the Road, will soon be released.

ANN FILEMYR, PHD, is an educator, poet, teacher, and mentor. Ann was trained as a traditional healer by the late Keewaydinoquay Peschel. She served as Kee’s graduate teaching & research assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and as her personal apprentice or ‘helper’ for twenty years. Kee was a culture carrier, storyteller and healer. In the Midewiwin tradition of the northern Great Lakes, Kee served as an Anishinaabeg Mashkikikwe (Ojibwe herbal medicine woman). Ann continues in this tradition. Dr. Filemyr was the Academic Dean at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe for nine years prior to joining Southwestern College. Prior to that she was Professor of Cultural & Interdisciplinary Studies,  then Dean of Faculty and Vice President at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she lived and worked from 1990-2005. Her commitment to higher education is connected to her belief in the power of human beings to thrive and flourish as part of creation. Her own educational journey included a Bachelor of Philosophy in the Creative & Performing Arts from Thomas Jefferson College, an alternative college in Michigan; a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Communications.

STEPHEN WALL is a widely acclaimed author, artist, and lawyer. In addition to teaching at Fort Lewis College, Stephen has served as Research Analyst for the American in Indian Law Center, Community Development Specialist for the Albuquerque Indian Health Board, and Behavioral Health Coordinator for the Tohono O’Odham Heath Department. He is the department chair and founder of the BA in Indigenous Liberal Studies at IAIA where he has taught for the last 12 years. Stephen also spent 11 years with the Mescalero Tribal Court, serving as Prosecutor and as Chief Judge. In addition to teaching at Fort Lewis College, he has also been adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and has developed and taught workshops and trainings for community and professional development. Stephen is also an artist who works in jewelry and sculpture.