Dawn Karima Pettigrew

Dawn Karima Pettigrew is the author of two novels, The Way We Make Sense (San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 2002) and The Marriage of Saints (Norman: University of Oklahoma, 2006) and co-author of Children Learn (Cleveland: UCC, 2005), a book about multiculturalism and spirituality in children’s literature. A new book on Native American Spirituality and film is forthcoming from Mellen Press.

A former Ms. Native American Worldwide, Miss Native American Achievement, and Ms. North Carolina Achievement, Ms. Pettigrew holds a B.A. from Harvard, an MFA in Creative Writing from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from University of Kentucky/Trinity Seminary. As an instructor in Cherokee Studies and English, she was the first full-time writer-in-residence at Western Carolina University.

Ms. Pettigrew’s many talents extend beyond literature to other forms of media. She is the host of Rezervations with Dawn Karima, a Native American talk show that airs on Native Voice One/NPR. She also serves as an assistant to the producer of CNN’s long-running “Larry King Live.” Her short films have been featured at numerous film festivals around the world, where they have won many awards and critical recognition. Her first CD, The Worship of Angels, was nominated for a Native American Music Award. A new CD, The Desire of Nations, will be released this year.

She is a member of the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, The Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, National Indian Education Association, and the Native American Journalists’ Association. Featured in Who’s Who and Who’s Who Among Native Americans, she currently teaches Native American Studies, is an accomplished traditional dancer and beadworker, and is active in modeling, film, television and the arts.


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