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Friends Lecture: Dr. Dolly Manson

October 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Friends Members Event: From Hardrock Arizona to Navajo Language Professor

Listen to Dr. Dolly Manson share her stories of resilience from childhood to the present.

Born in 1957, Dr. Dolly Manson grew up in the rural Hardrock area of the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. Her early childhood was spent living with her maternal grandmother in a traditional hogan. During this time, Dr. Manson was taught the many responsibilities of a Diné woman and was surrounded by her Native language and culture. At the age of seven, she was taken away to experience the reservation boarding school system of the 60’s and 70’s. Her journey relocated her to Kykotsmovi, Tuba City, and finally, Mount Hermon, Massachusetts. With a strong cultural foundation, Dr. Manson’s resilience and courage directed her to maintain her Diné identity while successfully navigating a western educational system. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of New Mexico, and a Doctorate of Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. She has represented her people as Miss Navajo Nation (1981-82) and Miss Indian Arizona (1982-83).

Dr. Manson has served as an educator with the Ganado Unified School District in Arizona as well as the Gallup McKinely School District in New Mexico. She has also taught at Northern Arizona University, and most recently with the Linguistics Department at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Dolly Manson is born to the Chishi (Chiricahua Apache Clan) and born for the Rock Gap People. Her maternal grandfather’s clan is of the Manygoats and her paternal grandfather is of the Tangle People.



October 22
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Wheelwright Library
704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, 87505
(505) 982-4636


Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
(505) 982-4636