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Native American artist and poet to speak at Drury University

For Immediate Release: September 8

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Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
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E-mail: wgarvin@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 8, 2010 — Ramson Lomatewama will explore the value of several traditions and practices unique to the Hopi on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Lomatewama is not only a teacher and poet from Hoatvela, Ariz., but he is also an exceptional artist. Using traditional materials and techniques, such as obsidian tools and natural pigments as paints, Lomatewama creates unique and beautiful artwork. Lomatewama uses a variety of skills as a successful jeweler, a traditional style Katsina doll carver, a stained glass artist and a self-taught glass blower to create his art. Lomatewama is currently working on an assortment of jewelry depicting the split twig animals found in the caves of the Grand Canyon and petroglyph figures of significance to the Hopi people.  

Lomatewama’s talk is cosponsored by Drury’s Diversity Center.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

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