For the Navajo (Diné), the horse is central to their creation story, land management, entertainment, work, and k’e (family and clanship systems). In her talk, Kelsey John positions horses as knowers who can promote healing within their communities, even possibly by challenging the power structures inherent in colonization. Inspired by her own experiences riding and training Navajo horses, John reveals how horses teach us to relate to each other, the land, and other nonhuman animals.
Kelsey John, who received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University, is a postdoctoral fellow in the UA’s Department of American Indian Studies. Her dissertation focused on the Navajo horse as a central point of indigenous decolonization. John’s research on “rez ponies” led her to organized a horse knowledge conference hosted by the Navajo Tribal University. She is a volunteer at both Four Corners Equine Rescue and the Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico.
Free admission will be first come, first served. Tickets are not required.
Doors open at 6 p.m.