top of page
Native Drums

Indigenous Observations 

The Tangled Roots of Native Survivance


Three Thousand Thoughts

A Blog of life, learning, and legacy. This exploration is about journeys attempted, in progress, interrupted,
fulfilled, and of discoveries yet to come.

Image by Towfiqu barbhuiya


"One day, I will write you a letter after I have gathered enough words
and enough courage to let them ring in my mute dreams until they sing to me."

Maria Luisa Arroyo, Gatherings

Image by Alex Perez


"I could be you; you could be me; Two raindrops in the same sea
You could be me, I could be you; Two angles of the same view..."

Cold Play, Arabesque

Green Forest


"I had a beautiful dream. I was dancing with a tree.
—Sandra Cisneros...

The deepest-rooted dream of a tree is to walk...
To the edge of the river of life, and drink—
I have heard trees talking, long after the sun has gone down..."

Joy Harjo, Speaking Tree





Winona Wynn, an enrolled citizen of the Nakoda Nation (Assiniboine/Sioux, Ft. Peck), currently resides in the Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington State. She is a Professor of Humanities and Native American Studies at Heritage University, a small private, non-denominational, liberal arts university located on the Yakama Indian Reservation. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies in May 2009 from Washington State University. Her area of specialization is cultural identity and education, emphasizing indigenous community-graced research methodologies. She works extensively with various Yakama Nation Programs, including the tribal courts, foster care, and the cultural museum.

Additionally, she has directed undergraduate students in community-based research projects at the University of Capetown and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Related to this work, she has written and served as Project Director for several grants, including a two-year curriculum development project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) titled Somos Indios (WE are Indian) and a Department of Education five-year grant, titled Indigenous Identity Empowerment through Community Engagement.


Currently, with support from The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Dr. Wynn created a community-centered storytelling circle, whose themes of Native American Identity and transformation informed her writing of two dramatic scenes for an upcoming musical theater production, highlighting the legacies of Sacagawea, interpretess and guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and Wilman Mankiller, first woman Primary Chief of the Cherokee Nation.  A third scene illuminating the extraordinary accomplishments of Zitkala Sa will complete a musical stage performance titled We Continue, set for touring in the fall of 2024.

For additional information about the many lives of Dr. Wynn, read her blog—all three sections!

An update: The current project highlighted on the website titled,  We Continue: The Tangled Roots of Native American Survivance, features three notable indigenous women whose stories, representing the intricacies of continuance, voice their connection to each other as they reflect on their experiences and their contribution.

About Us

Thanks for submitting!

Image by Ali Kazal

Contact Us

Contact Us
bottom of page