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Join artist Jacob A. Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu) as he leads a discussion with David Martinez (Akimel O’odham/Hia Ced O’odham/Mexican), and Alexander Soto (Tohono O’odham) surrounding his exhibition And It’s Built on the Sacred. In his work, Meders addresses how Indigenous peoples view sacred land and how the commodification of Euro-American religion has historically leaned to the mistreatment of Indigenous belief systems, which has in turn led to the destruction to that which they see as sacred. These topics and more will be discussed by Meders, Martinez, and Soto along with an audience Q&A at the end of the conversation.


About the Panelists

David Martinez (Akimel O’odham/Hia Ced O’odham/Mexican) is an associate professor of American Indian Studies and the author of Dakota Philosopher: Charles Eastman and American Indian Thought (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2009), editor of The American Indian Intellectual Tradition: An Anthology of Writings from 1772 to 1972 (Cornell University Press, 2011), and author of Life of the Indigenous Mind: Vine Deloria Jr and the Birth of the Red Power Movement (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). His publications appear in, among other venues, the American Indian Quarterly, the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Studies in American Indian Literatures, and Journal of the Southwest. Currently, he is working on two books; one about Yavapai activist-intellectual Carlos Montezuma and the other is a history of the Hia Ced O’odham.

Alex Soto (Tohono O’odham) is director of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University (ASU) Library. He is responsible for the strategic direction and development of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, aligning its vision with the academic, scholarly, and artistic needs and interests of ASU’s American Indian programs, faculty, and students, as well as of tribal communities in Arizona. Under his leadership, the Labriola Center has implemented culturally informed library research support services and Indigenized ASU’s community-driven archives initiative for tribal communities. Alex’s journey to librarianship comes after years of success as a touring hip-hop musician/educator and activist. During graduate school, Alex realized the importance of information literacy within tribal communities and the role of reparative archives in strengthening Indigenous sovereignty. Recently, Alex co-authored ASU Library’s first land acknowledgement statement. Alex believes Indigenous librarianship synthesizes his creative, cultural, and professional backgrounds as well as his commitment to Indigenous self-determination.

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