Yá'át'ééh! Shí éí Winoka Begay yinishyé. T'áá Diné nishłí dóó Diné Bizaad bee yáshtį'.
Winoka Begay is a 5th year doctoral candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies program at the University of New Mexico with a graduate minor in museum studies. Her research foci are Indigenous education, identity studies, decolonial and critical race theory, museum education, and language and culture revitalization and sustainability. Of Diné (Navajo) heritage, Winoka Begay was born and raised on the Navajo reservation. She is a semi-fluent speaker of her Navajo language, an advocate for the sustainability and revitalization of Indigenous cultures and languages, and a strong supporter for the arts and arts education. Winoka currently holds two degrees; a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law and a Masters of Arts in American Indian Studies with a concentration in Indigenous education and linguistics.
Winoka currently works at SITE Santa Fe as an Indigenous Outreach Coordinator, in which she is responsible for connecting SITE with various Indigenous communities in the Southwest through art-related programming and outreach. Winoka is currently in the process of working on her dissertation research which aims to identify alternative and new representations of Indigenous identity from a decolonial perspective with emphasis on Diné teachings and lifeways. Most of her work is directed toward the youth, as a means of helping them develop their own voice within their community, to establish a space for artistic and personal expression, and to inspire the youth to take action in their communities, whether that is through activism, policymaking, self- expression, or creating new learning opportunities for future generations.
Digital storytelling is the use of digital media to tell personal or community-oriented stories. Most digital stories are very short and are often told in less than two minutes and include images, text, and audio.
By combining identity development, with life skills, and arts education. Winoka Begay has created a series of workshops that combine mapping, photography, writing, and drawing to explore personal, community, and external identity
By utilizing Critical Race Theory and Indigenous epistemologies as a framework for deconstructing and interrogating museum and academic spaces, Winoka Begay has created a curriculum that explores self-awareness, privilege, cultural understanding, and cross-communication
Indigenous Outreach Coordinator
SITE Santa Fe May 2016 to present
Graduate Assistant University of New Mexico/College of Education
Aug 2015 to May 2016
Congressional Fellow United States Congress
May 2008 to Aug 2009
Research Assistant University of New Mexico
Aug 2017 to Present
University of Arizona Aug 2011 to July 2012
Doctor of Philosophy in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies
August 2013 to present
Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law and Literature June 2004 to May2009
Master of Arts in American Indian Studies
August 2009 to May 2013
Indigenous Representations in the Museum. 2017. Advance 2.0. SITE Santa Fe. Purchase here
Mobile Apps and Indigenous Language Learning: New Developments in the Field of Indigenous Language Revitalization. 2013. The University of Arizona Campus Repository.
Researching My Way to Hozhó. Imagining America Blog. 2016. click to view