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Words as Seeds, an evening with Tanaya Winder

Image of Tanaya Winder who is smiling, with her hands on her hips. She is wearing  a colorful dress and the words

How do words shape and mold us into the people we become? Tanaya Winder will walk us through a garden of a lifetime of seeds planted both in her lifetime and intergenerationally as an Indigenous person. You’ll hear the struggles of seeds that never blossomed and the celebration of the seeds that burst through barriers. Tanaya’s testimony on the power of words and their impact on our spirit’s traumas and triumphs will leave audience members feeling recharged and ready to crush whatever challenges come their way.

Tanaya Winder is an author, singer/songwriter, poet, and motivational speaker who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. 

She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. Winder’s poetry collections include Words Like Love and Why Storms are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless

Tanaya’s programs blend storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love and “heartwork.”

Monday, Nov. 14

7 p.m.

Cartwright Hall, Room 206

Sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Dean of Students Office


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