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Winoka Yepa (Diné), is Indigenous to North America, particularly the Diné people of the Southwest United States, a place we call Dinétah.
Yepa is the Curator of Education at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is located on the ancestral homelands of the Tewa people. As Curator of Education, Yepa re-established and developed the museum’s education program and has curated the museum’s first virtual residency, virtual museum, and first mobile application.
Through educational programming, Yepa has developed discussions and critical talks that connect Contemporary Indigenous art to activism, community impact, and the socio-political issues of Indigenous communities. Yepa is also a doctoral candidate in education and museum studies at the University of New Mexico, in which she has created a pilot program titled “Iiná: Exploring Indigenous Identity Through Art,” an arts-based self-development program that aims to identify alternative and new representations of Indigenous identity from a decolonial framework, with emphasis on Indigenous epistemologies and storytelling.