Books and Bridges: Moroni Benally, Indigenous Erasure and the Navajo Kinship System
Moroni Benally, Co-Founder of the Utah League of Native American Voters and Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at the University of Washington, will examine the ways indigenous voices, histories, and lands have been marginalized in the American imagination. By applying a pre-determined filter about what it means to be indigenous, modern society caricatures the reality of Native American concerns. Focusing on the Navajo kinship system called K’é, Benally discusses the importance of relationality amid the fragmenting social connections of modernity. This will be a teaching moment on the philosophical and spiritual dimensions of indigenous lived experience. A Q&A session and refreshments will follow. The lecture is made possible by a grant from Utah Humanities.This event is organized by Books & Bridges — a community institute of ideas and conversation. Our mission is to facilitate discussion on the best of human thought. We explore the wisdoms of the world and apply them to modern life. We have no political, religious or ideological affiliation. In a society divided by uncivil discourse, the beauty of the humanities—novels, history, philosophy, poetry, ethics and epics—lifts us to our better angels. In our busy world we need space for friends and fellow learners to do a little more heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind.