June 27, 2019 - The Institute for Research on Trauma and Resilience co-hosted another Diné Weavers event in conjunction with the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside, in historic Downtown Riverside, California. Traditional Navajo rugs and jewelry were on display and for sale. We had the traditional weaving production tools setup for demonstration to the public. Although it was a slower event, good times were had by all and meaningful discussions were had between IRTR and Diné members on planning for the future of the Navajo near Black Mesa and how best to combat the exploitation of their land for coal mining, and other natural resource minings which cause pollution to their fresh water sources.




CHANNEL ISLANDS, Calif. February 6, 2019 – The Institute for Resilience and Trauma Research (IRTR) co-hosted an event titled “Remembrance and Renewal:  Navajo Resilience through Weaving Traditions” on April 3rd, 2019, in conjunction with California State University, Channel Islands, as part of the university's “Native Voices” exhibit.  The event featured elders of the Dine Nation sharing their wisdom, songs and traditions. Speakers in the event's lecture series included Dr. Christine Gailey, Dr. Ivana Mora, Salina Begay (weaver), Andres Amaya (AIM activist) and Dr. Lee Greer. Interactive workshops, including a weaving workshop, were held and traditional Dine rugs were sold with one-hundred percent of the proceeds going to the Navajo Weavers.


9AM — Dine Arrive

10AM — Opening Blessing and Talk

10:30AM — Aztec Dancers

11AM — Weaving Workshop. The weavers teach the meaning of the imagery.  Hands-on

weaving experience for students.

01PM — Mixtec Speaker 

02PM — Lee Greer, PhD “Genocide in the Americas”

02:30PM — Ivana Mora, PhD “Eugenics and Structural Racism in the US”

03PM — Christine Gailey, PhD “Gender and Genocide” 

03:30PM — Andres Amaya (AIM activist) American Indian Movement Activism Talk

4PM — The Weavers Speak, Salina Begay and Dine Elders speak of their struggles and experiences.

Dinè Weavers Event 2018


On the 5th of April 2018, IRTR organized an event at the California State University, Channel Islands. The event was entitled the Diné Women's Black Mesa Weaver Collective. The Diné Elders from Black Mesa in Arizona visited the campus and shared their knowledge of weaving, their traditional culture, and their current struggle for land rights and clean water with the students and surrounding community of California State University, Channel Islands. The schedule is posted below to show the wide range of events included that day. (Links for individual presentations will be added). We are grateful to the CSUCI community for their enthusiastic support and participation.  


Thursday April 5th, 2018, 10am - 5pm

Broome Exhibition Hall

Loom Weaving Project Workshop for Students

Dialogue with Weavers of the Dine Nation

The Weavers:

Seline Begay

Glenna Begay

Rena Babbit-Lane

Mary Lane

Zena Lane

Kevin Lane

Lorena Blackwater

Louise Begay

Chumash Blessing – Raudel Banuelos

Broome Plaza 10:30AM

Aztec Dance Danza Tlaloc Ollin

Broome Plaza - 10:45 am

Presentations and Dialogue

Exhibition Hall - Broome 1320

10:00​​Opening remarks – Dr. Geoff Chase, Provost

10:10​Genevieve Evans – Taylor Chief of Staff, and Interim Administrator in Charge of the Division of Student Affairs —“Native American Week Programing”

10:20​Welcome – Amy Wallace, Dean of the Library

10:30 ​Chumash Blessing — Raudel Banuelos

10:45​Danza Tlaloc Ollin — Aztec Dance, Veronica Valadez 

11:00​​Denise Lugo — Art Program


11:05​Ivana Mora — Founding Director of IRTR, University of California Riverside Lecturer

​​“History and Contemporary Impact of Eugenics on the United States”

11:25​​Lee Grier — Secretary of IRTR, University of California Riverside Lecturer

​​“The Indigenous Americas: From Holocaust to Rebirth!”

11:45​​Christine W. Gailey – Distinguished Professor University of California Riverside

​​“Gender and Genocide”


12:45​​Raudel Banuelos — Chumash Solidarity Talk

01:00​​Veronica Valadez — Mexica Solidarity Talk

01:15 ​​Andres Amaya – Activism with the Dine

01:30​​The Weavers Speak: “The Significance of Weaving to the Dine Nation”

02:00​​Dialogue with Students led by Seline Begay, Dine Weaver

02:30​Q & A: Forum with artists, students, faculty, staff, and community

03:30​Student and Faculty Loom Weaving Project Workshop 

04:40​Closing remarks – Verónica Valadez, Chicano Studies Lecturer. 


Amy Wallace, Dean of the James Spoor Broome Library

Raudel Banuelos, Director of Facility Support