Sunday, August 05, 2007

Jeannette Armstrong...

The vitality of thought is in adventure.
Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.

Jeannette Armstrong addresses on the day one on " Literature For our Times " at ACLALS ( The Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies ), 2007 Conference.

Jeannette Armstrong is an Okanagan Indian who was born in 1948 on the Penticton Indian Reserve in British Columbia.

Armstrong is a writer, teacher, artist, sculptor and activist. She speaks both Okanagan and English.

In 1978, she obtained a BFA from the University of Victoria. In 1986 Armstrong became the director of the En'owkin Centre in Penticton.

She is also the first director of the En'owkin International School of Writing in Penticton, a creative-writing school organized by and for Native people which grants diplomas through the University of Victoria.

Armstrong writes poetry, fiction, essays and children's literature.

She also continues to make visual art and teaches creative writing and performance.

The importance of music and poetry is reflected in the recent production of her poem "Grandmothers" on the compact disk Word Up!

She has been invited to speak to numerous international audiences on native issues including native education and indigenous rights.