Archive for November 13th, 2011

Grand Canyon composing program wins national award

Some great news for the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project, as reported by the Navajo Times:

    The Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project, which has taught about 3,000 Native students from around Arizona to compose concert music, has received a prestigious national honor.

    The project is one of 12 extracurricular programs selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities for an Arts and Humanities Youth Program award.

    The honor comes with a $10,000 grant for the program.

Transition from Navajo Nation to Dartmouth was tough for first Navajo woman surgeon

Lori Arviso Alvord (Courtesy of Native Sun News)

By Kate Saltzstein, Native Sun News Correspondent

ALBUQUERQUE – Lori Arviso Alvord, the first Navajo woman surgeon, grew up in a small town on the Navajo reservation and went on to Dartmouth College, Stanford Medical School – and a medical career.
Along the way, she learned to combine traditional with western medicine as she practiced and taught medicine. She realized the healing power of Navajo ceremonies with medicine man, chanters, drums and sand paintings.

She spoke recently at the University of New Mexico where she signed copies of her autobiography The Scalpel and the Silver Bear. (The bear carries medicine in stories from many tribes, she said.)
Alvord told her audience, which included many Native American students, that it wasn’t an easy transition from the small reservation town of Crownpoint, New Mexico to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire when she was just 16-years-old.

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