Victor Masayesva Jr.

Calendars are not only tools to measure the days, the months and the years; they can also be magnificent instruments to connect the cosmic time with human time.

Indigenous people from North America have tracked time since their arrival almost 7,000 years ago, and their solar calendars are the most exact known to man. Their lunar calendars have accurately determined ecosystems and agricultural cycles and at the same time correlate the activities of men with the rhythm of the stars.

Victor Masayesva Jr.’s “Indian Time” will be screened at 7 p.m. on March 19, as part of the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community. The lecture will take place at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

A collaboration between Simon Ortiz, Regents' Professor of English at Arizona State University, and the Labriola Center, part of the ASU Libraries, the lecture series seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive indigenous worldview and that is applicable to all walks of life.

Masayesva will follow the free 30-minute screening and lecture with a Q&A about his life and work.

A member of the Hopi Tribe from Hotevilla, Masayesva has been a lifelong advocate of the indigenous aesthetic in multimedia productions and as a filmmaker and author. He has also curated programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, served as an artist in residence at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and was honored with the American Film Institute’s Maya Deren Award.

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