Elizabeth Cook-Lynn to Provide Indigenous Perspective on Colonialism and Post-Colonialism

Tuesday, September 21 2010


Written by Donna Emert

10th Annual Distinguished American Indian Speaker Series

MOSCOW, Idaho – Crow Creek Sioux poet, novelist and scholar Elizabeth Cook-Lynn will provide an indigenous perspective on colonial and post-colonial ideology at the 10th Annual Distinguished American Indian Speaker Series on the University of Idaho campus, Oct. 7 and 8.

“Professor Cook-Lynn is an icon in the world of American Indian Studies and serves as vanguard for the indigenous perspective in the Western Hemisphere,” said Angelique EagleWoman, professor of law. “It is a tremendous honor to bring her back to the northwest, where she taught for many years and has influenced so many with her prolific writings shaping the field.”

Cook-Lynn will be featured at the Indigenous Peoples Day Event, Thursday, Oct. 7, from, 5:30-7:30 p.m., presenting a talk entitled, "How To Liberate Indian Studies - Rewriting Colonial Ideology,” in the College of Law Menard Building Courtroom, 711 Rayburn St. (South of the intersection of Sixth and Rayburn streets) in Moscow.

She also will deliver the 10th American Indian Studies Distinguished Speaker Keynote Address, "What About Post-Coloniality?," on Friday, Oct. 8, from 10:30 to noon in the University Auditorium in the Administration Building, 851 Campus Dr. in Moscow. Both events are open to the public and free of charge.

Cook-Lynn is a renowned Native voice. Born at Fort Thompson on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation in 1930, she was raised on the reservation. Her father and grandfather served many years on the Crow Creek Tribal Council and her grandmother worked as a bilingual writer for Christian newspapers. Her great-grandfather was a Native linguist, instrumental in developing early Dacotah Language dictionaries. Well-known figures in Sioux history, those family members also profoundly influenced her writing.

After working as a journalist and teaching at the high school level, she became a professor of Native American studies at Eastern Washington University in 1971 and was named a professor emerita in 1990.

Her first collection of poetry, "Then Badger Said This," was published in 1983. Cook-Lynn has received numerous grants and awards, including the National Endowment for the Humanities grant from Stanford University and a Northwest Institute for Advanced Studies grant. She is an editor, essayist, poet, novelist, scholar and co-founder of Wicazo Sa Review (“Red Pencil’), an academic journal devoted to the development of Native American studies as an academic discipline.

Cook-Lynn earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from South Dakota State College, and a master's degree in education, psychology and counseling from University of South Dakota. She has pursued graduate study at New Mexico State University, University of Nebraska and Stanford University. She has earned numerous awards, grants and honors.

Since her retirement, Cook-Lynn has served as a writer-in-residence at universities around the country.

A more detailed biography is online: www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~rfrey/aistspeak.htm.

The distinguished speaker series is made possible by the University of Idaho American Indian Studies Program, Native American Student Center, English Department and Native Law Program. The events are free and open to the public.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.