[ti:One-of-a-Kind School Teaches Students Native American Arts]
[00:00.04]The huge buildings of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico,
[00:08.28]stand out against the desert of the American Southwest.
[00:14.96]Here, about 500 students are involved in intense study of Native American arts.
[00:23.60]Some study painting and sculpting. Others learn about storytelling and poetry.
[00:32.84]It is the only college like it in the country.
[00:37.27]Members of about 100 native tribes attend the school,
[00:42.80]says IAIA President Robert Martin, a member of the Cherokee Nation.
[00:50.04]He adds that the school also has non-native students and students from overseas.
[00:58.52]"We're open to everybody," Martin said.
[01:02.20]Daniel Yazie Natonabah is an IAIA student and a member of the Navajo tribe.
[01:11.40]He said before he started school there, his "whole perspective of the world was just Navajo."
[01:20.92]"But when I came here I learned other perspectives of other tribes," he said.
[01:26.84]Dolores Scarlett Cortez is studying printmaking and photography.
[01:32.64]She says she came to IAIA to help her "come back to my roots a little bit."
[01:41.96]"Growing up I felt like I was really missing that kind of side of me
[01:47.07]because my parents never talked about it.
[01:50.29]So what I'm hoping to do is go back to my community
[01:55.32]to document the people back home that I really care for."
[02:00.88]That goal of giving back to the community is not unusual among the students, says Martin.
[02:08.18]"If you ask the average college student why they're going to college, they'll say, 'I want a job.'
[02:15.72]You ask our students and they'll say, 'I want to be of service to my family and my community.'
[02:24.12]And so that makes our students different."
[02:29.00]During an outdoor class presentation, student Daniel Forest describes his creation
[02:36.42]— a grouping of large rocks set in the corner of the small courtyard.
[02:42.00]The rocks look like bread.
[02:44.75]Forest calls his work Shelter.
[02:48.96]"It pulls for me from the current border crisis, people trying to make their way
[02:54.81]to a safe haven from Central and South America and Mexico.
[03:00.52]And the very sad nature of all that," he tells the group that has gathered.
[03:07.92]"They also feel like loaves of bread, which is sustenance that we all need for survival," he added.
[03:15.84]"But something many people have to go without."
[03:20.92]Forest has only been a student at IAIA for two months.
[03:26.27]But he says the experience has already changed him.
[03:32.32]He says he is developing a change in thinking and understanding.
[03:38.84]"I already see that the real goal isn't the art degree," he says.
[03:46.12]Annabella Farmer is a creative writing student.
[03:49.88]She grew up in Santa Fe.
[03:52.87]She says being a non-native student at IAIA is good for her.
[04:00.36]"To be in the minority here I think is a good growth experience for me...
[04:06.14]I think that the culture here is just much more welcoming of different perspectives...
[04:12.76]a more matriarchal society perhaps, which I've really enjoyed."
[04:18.84]Many past IAIA students return there to teach.
[04:25.40]Anthony Deiter finished 25 years ago.
[04:29.20]Today, he teaches a new technology to filmmaking students there.
[04:35.60]Instead of moving images appearing on a flat screen,
[04:40.29]they appear on a round screen of a so-called digital dome.
[04:46.42]He says the new technology fits well with indigenous cultures.
[04:53.04]"We are not linear, we're spherical, we're round," he says.
[04:57.88]The technology permits "us to tell our stories actually in the round."
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