ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 28, 2004) -- Noted Navajo Nation member and cultural anthropologist Wesley K. Thomas will speak at the Kennedy Museum of Art at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.
Thomas, who specializes in Navajo culture and language, native gender, sexuality and ethnic identity issues and various native health issues, will lecture about "Contemporary Navajo Gender Identity and Art."
Thomas is an assistant professor of anthropology at Indiana University (IU) and an adjunct assistant professor in gender studies and international studies. He is the director of the First Nations Cultural Program, which strives to recruit and retain American Indian students and also organizes the annual IU First Nations Pow Wow held in late March every year.
Thomas is a textile weaver, poet and photographer and will be consulting with the Kennedy Museum on its Southwest Native American Collection.
The Kennedy Museum of Art is located in historic Lin Hall at The Ridges on the Ohio University campus. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Pre-arranged guided tours are available to community and school groups with advance notice. For information (740) 593-1304.
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