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       THE FRANK WATERS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION


THIS FOUR-DAY CELEBRATION  OCCURRED AT THE MABEL DODGE LUHAN HOME FOR THE FIRST THREE DAYS BEGINNING ON THE DAY OF FRANK WATERS' BIRTHDAY, THURSDAY, JULY 25.  IT CLOSED  WITH EVENTS AT THE WATERS' HOME ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE ABOVE ARROYO SECO NEAR TAOS ON JULY 28, 2002. 

FOLLOWING WERE THE PRINCIPAL SPEAKERS:


RUDOLFO ANAYA: Author of poetry, folklore, novels, regarded as father of modern Hispanic American literature, novel Bless Me Ultima a Southwest classic, professor emeritus, University of New Mexico.  Anaya was honored by President Bush on April 23, 2002 with the 2001 National Medal of Arts.  The citation reads: "Rudolfo Anaya for his exceptional contributions to contemporary American literature that brought national recognition to the traditions of the Chicano people, and for his efforts to promote Hispanic writers."

ALEXANDER BLACKBURN: Professor emeritus of English, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, founding editor of Writers' Forum, author of fiction and nonfiction; literary critic.

IMOGENE BOLLS: poet, professor emerita, Wittenberg University, author of three books, 600 poems in journals, anthologies; awards: Ohio Arts Council (2) and Ohioana Poetry Award for lifetime achievement.

DENISE CHAVEZ: Author of Face of an Angel and Loving Pedro Infante, English teacher, New Mexico State University, actress, playwright, organizer of Border Book Festival. 

VINE DELORIA, JR.: Sioux Indian, former executive director of National Congress of American Indians, author, former professor University of Colorado, Boulder, former professor University of Arizona. 

WILLIAM EDELEN: Formerly adjunct professor of religion at the Univ. of Puget Sound, ordained Presbyterian and Congregational minister for more than 30 years, currently a columnist, as well as spiritual leader. 

JOE GORDON: Professor emeritus, Colorado College, former head of C.C. Southwest Studies, writer. 

TAL LUTHER: Antiquarian bookman, author of Custer High Spots, a guide; and Collecting Taos Authors, and forthcoming Collecting Santa Fe Fictional Authors.

THOMAS LYON: Critic, author of many books on Western American literature, professor emeritus, Utah State University, longtime editor of Western American Literature

JOSE MARTINEZ: Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, fiction writer, columnist, fiction award winner, writing workshop facilitator. 

JOHN NICHOLS: Author, fiction and nonfiction, photographer, screenwriter, taught at University of New Mexico.

BARBARA WATERS: Frank Waters' wife for many years until his death, therapist, counselor, teacher, author of Celebrating the Coyote, President of Frank Waters Foundation. 


Program

Thursday

Frank's Birthday

July 25, 2002

Mabel Luhan House

 

 

Friday

July 26, 2002

Mabel Luhan House

 

Saturday

July 27, 2002

Mabel Luhan House

Sunday

July 28, 2002

Frank Waters Home

10:00AM 

Registration.

 

Western Skies will offer lunches which may be purchased on site on Friday and Saturday (Recommended)

 

 

 

Speakers

9:00 AM Denise Chavez- Passion, Obsession and Enlightenment in the Desert...

9:40 AM William Edelen- Frank Waters, Who Rekindled the Inner Light

10:30 AM Jose Martinez - El Abuelo of Hispanic Characters 

11:15 AM Marilyn Callan - An Unmet Friend

  

Speakers

9:00 AM  Vine Deloria, Jr.- Reflections From a Dusty Road: Frank Waters, Time, and the Indians

9:45 Tal Luther - Frank Waters' Works: Discoveries Since Tanner

10:30 AM Thomas Lyon - Frank Waters: The Beginning of a Biography

11:15 AM Speaker Panel.  Jose Martinez,  Moderator of Discussion

Ricky Aragon Flute

10:00 AM  John Carson: great grandson of Kit Carson- Mountain Man Dialogue

10:30 Joe Gordon - Frank Waters' "Shining Mountains"

 

12:00

Chairman Tal Luther opens Celebration

Proclamation by Taos Mayor Fred Peralta

Proclamation of Governor Gary Johnson, read by Dan Pearlman 

Tribute by Taos Pueblo Gov. Vincent Lujan

11:45-1:00 Lunch 12:00-1:00 Lunch 11:15 AM Imogene Bolls- Her Poetry Written for Frank

11:35 AM Barbara Waters- Rooted 

 

12:30 PM John Nichols - My Not So Distant Doppelganger

1:15 PM Alex Blackburn - The Mythology of the Planet

2:00 PM - Break

2:30 PM Mark Rossi - The Bronzing of Mrs. Quintana

1:00 PM Ron Kampfe- Here's to you, Frank

1:25 PM Art Bachrach - Frank Waters and the Land

1:50 Phil Davis - Frank's Park

2:15 PM - Discussion

2:30 PM Break

 

1:00 PM Emily Plec - Frank Waters' Eco-Feminist Sensibility

1:30 Patrick Burns - Mystery and Growing Myths Surrounding a Waters Heroine

1:55 PM Felicia Campbell - Dinner at Otowi Crossing

2:00 PM Discussion

 

12:00 - 1:30 PM

BARBEQUE

Patrick Burns, guitar 

Cynthia Stacey, guitar and voice, 

Contra Dancers  

Ricky Aragon, flute

3:15 PM John Nizalowski - Journey to the World Mountain: FWs' The woman at Otowi Crossing and Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge

3:40 PM Jack Copeland -  Adapting to Adaptation: The Woman at Otowi Crossing as Screenplay.

4:00 PM - Discussion

Luhan House guests register for rooms AFTER 3:00 PM

3:00 PM Mary Ann Torrence - "Isn't This Just the Life?"

3:25 PM Linda Helstern - Mixed Bloods: Stereotypes & Inversion in Yogi of Cockroach Court

3:50 PM Cynthia Stacey - Frank Waters the Man: A Chance Meeting

4:15 PM Discussion

 

 

2:45 PM Free Time

Farewell

Peaceful Journey

4:30 PM

Cocktail Party at Mabel Dodge Luhan House

4:30 PM Free Time Rest of  the Day

6:00 - 6:30 PM - Cash Bar

DINNER

Taos Civic Center

Rudolfo Anaya, Speaker Myth-Conciousness in Frank Waters

Tony Hillerman paper: A Canadian Excursion with Frank, To be read by Tal Luther

Raffle Drawing and Short Auction

Barbara Waters: Closing - Gratitude


      

List of Friends and Supporters of the Celebration --> CLICK HERE  

 Centennial Photos --> CLICK HERE

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