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Growing up Native American in Brooklyn subject for first 'Women on Fridays' at UNI Sept. 12

September 8, 2003

Cynthia Goatley, director, Graduate Program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-6270
Susan Hill, director, Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7195
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Women on Fridays,' begun last year by the University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies Program, will continue this year with a new twist-- 'Video Viewpoints,' beginning with the video and discussion of 'Sun, Moon and Feather,' at noon Friday, Sept. 12.

In the video, to be shown in Room 161Baker Hall, the three sisters of Spiderwoman Theater tell about growing up Native American in Brooklyn and negotiating two very different worlds. The informal session is free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring their lunch and dessert will be provided.

'The Women's Studies Program sees this series as an opportunity to contribute to the programming of the university and to our overall goals supporting diversity,' said Cynthia Goatley, director of UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies. 'This monthly video series will offer new and provocative perspectives on gender and sexuality, as well as this look at Native American culture.'

The three sisters, Muriel Miguel, Gloria Miguel, and Lisa Mayo, organized the Spiderwoman Theater Workshop in 1975, based upon the Hopi goddess, Spiderwoman. They weave together stories, images, songs, poems, experiences, feelings, music, spaces and bodies in their performances.

Goatley said the troupe performed live at UNI several years ago as part of the Artists Series. They are opening the Women on Fridays series in support of the first UNI Native American Cultural Fair/PowWow, to be held on campus Sept. 26 and 27.

The next presentation in the Friday series will be Oct. 17, 'You Don't Know Dick: The Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men,' that will explore the stories of six female-to-male transsexuals.

For more information, contact the Women's Studies Program office at (319) 273-7102.