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We Rise: Indigenous Womxn’s Stories

  • Place of Hidden Waters / Northeast Gym 6245 21st Street Northeast Tacoma, WA, 98422 United States (map)

Free and open to the public, all are welcome.

A diverse group of Indigenous womxn tell stories from their lives during this special event. Our multi-generational gathering includes local writers, activists, artists, and students, sharing a wide range of Coast Salish and Urban Native perspectives. King’s Books will also be on site with publications by Native womxn writers available for purchase.

This event is curated by Kimberly Corinne Deriana (Mandan/Hidatsa) and Asia Tail (Cherokee) of yəhaw̓, an Indigenous artist collective.

This event is in conjunction with Tacoma Reads 2019, a partnership of City of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and Tacoma Public Library. Tacoma Reads is a local community reading program that seeks to unite the community in dialogue around contemporary themes through reading a common text. The 2019 Tacoma Reads selection is the bestselling debut novel “There There” by Tommy Orange. Described as “groundbreaking, extraordinary” by The New York Times, “There There” is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story of 12 urban Native Americans traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, interconnected in ways they may not yet realize.


  • Connie McCloud (Puyallup)

  • Brandi Douglas (Puyallup)

  • Dawn Pichón Barron (Choctaw / Mexican / Euro)

  • Monae Wright (Puyallup)

  • Nataanii Nez Cottier (Oglala and Sicangu Lakota)

  • Sasha LaPointe (Upper Skagit / Nooksack)