The American Indian College Fund would like to introduce Honoring Those Who Hold Us: An Elder Story Series.
The series will highlight Indigenous voices through moments and memories shared by TCU students, faculty/staff, and leadership about the elders who have held and continue to hold them through the many stages of life, particularly in their education journeys.
Through the storytelling series, the College Fund will bring visibility to the family and community relationships that shape and impact the tribal college and university experience and the lives of community members in tribal nations.
The College Fund is inviting TCU students, faculty/staff, leadership, and community elders to share their stories.
Introducing the Series
Flows in from the stars
by Gerry Himmelreich (Bois Forte Ojibwe)
by Savanah Smith (Nakoda, Anishinaabe, Metis)
A poem submission to the Elder Story Series title “Remember” (For Joy Harjo) – A Diné College Creative Writing Student Group Poem.
A new post as part of the Elder Story Series brought to you by the American Indian College Fund. This piece is titled Words of a Stranger by Taishayla Jim.
An Elder Story Series reflection titled Grandma Mable by Diné College student Sasha M Araba (Navajo), Associate of Science in Public Health.
An education story by Anselmo Ramon for the Elder Story Series hosted by the American Indian College Fund.
Erica Kleinman (Diné and Rincon Band of Luiseño), a 2023 graduate of Tohono O’odham Community College shares words about her grandmothers: Grandma Ruth and Grandma Myra.
A poem called I AM by Brandon Isham as part of the Elder Story Series by the American Indian College Fund.
Join us in celebrating another post in the Elder Story Series brought to you by the American Indian College Fund. Storyteller Savanah Smith of Fort Peck Community College shares stories of her Grandma Ruth.
Join us for a new post from the Elder Story Series brought to you by the American Indian College Fund. Flows in from the Stars by Gerry Himmelreich.
More About the Elder Story Series
The American Indian College Fund is hosting a storytelling series focused on the ways in which our grandparents and elders have shown up and supported countless education journeys throughout Indian Country and how our elders are often the motivators and sources of support for us to pursue our educational pathways.
Through these stories, we will highlight moments and memories shared by TCU students, faculty/staff, and leadership about grandparents and elders in their lives that changed their educational journeys and personal aspirations. Elders may also submit stories on how they have supported the students in their lives as we explore the importance of intergenerational relationships in Indigenous education. The stories will be published on the College Fund’s website.
With this series the College Fund wants to acknowledge that the ways in which our Indigenous communities refer to our grandparents, elders, and knowledge carriers differ greatly. Our languages reflect not only kinship but sometimes the knowledge our relatives hold and how they carry that knowledge. Please share how you are comfortable using these understandings and terms and how these relatives have contributed to your education pathways.
All TCU students, faculty/staff, leadership, and tribal nations community elders are invited to submit their stories for this series.