Researching My Heritage: Navajo Historic Archaeology and the Old Leupp Boarding School
March 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for this lecture by Davina Two Bears
Co-sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Committee and the Center for Sustainable Communities
Guest lecturer Davina Two Bears will speak about the Old Leupp Boarding School (1909-1942) on the southwestern Navajo Reservation in Leupp, Arizona.
About Davina Two Bears
Davina Two Bears is a Diné, Navajo, originally from Birdsprings, Arizona. Her maternal clan is Tódích’íi’nii, Bitter Water, born for Táchii’nii, Red Running into the Water Clan, her maternal grandfather’s clan is Tábąąhí, Edge Water, and her paternal grandfather’s clan is also Tódích’íi’nii.
She is a PhD candidate at Indiana University under the Department of Anthropology’s Archaeology of the Social Context PhD Program with a PhD Minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Her PhD dissertation topic derives from her grandparents’ oral history about the Old Leupp Boarding School (OLBS) on the southwestern Navajo Reservation. Using non-destructive indigenous research methods, including interviews with Navajo elders and archival records and historic photographs, her decolonizing research investigates the early history of the Old Leupp Boarding School (1909-1942), which has never been thoroughly documented in the literature. She focuses on the educational experience of Navajo children at the OLBS, and how they resisted and survived early 20th century federal Indian Boarding School assimilationist policies.
She is an alumna of Dartmouth College, where she majored in anthropology, and received a master’s degree in socio-cultural anthropology from Northern Arizona University.