Navajo healer speaking

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Photo of Johnson Dennison

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Navajo healer Johnson Dennison will bring a Navajo cultural perspective to topics of interest to the American Indian community when he speaks here Thursday, Sept. 10, 1-3:30 p.m. at the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre.

Dennison has been a Navajo traditional medicine man practitioner for 35 years.  As a cultural specialist, he has been a motivational speaker on such topics as Navajo/Native culture, cultural issues in the classroom, Navajo history, Native medicine, Navajo language and Native American education and is a Native storyteller.

The speaker is coordinator of the Office of Native Medicine at Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility, located near Canyon de Chelley National Monument, a sacred place for Navajo peoples.  He has spent 30 years as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, high school principal and dean of instruction at Diné College, the first college established by American Indians for American Indians.  

The American Indian speaker comes to campus as a guest of the American Indian Center, which offers educational, social and cultural programming specific to American Indian students and outreach activities for Indian and non-Indian communities.


Media contact: Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, director, St. Cloud State American Indian Center, 320-308-5449,


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