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MFA student, Alexandra Hesbrook, performs "A Dream on Buckskin"
Last year, MFA student Alexandra Hesbrook wrote an essay, “A Dream on Buckskin,” about making a traditional buckskin dress. For Hesbrook, who is half-Lakota and a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the process of making a buckskin dress was daunting. It was a coming-of-age that brought being Lakota, and Hesbrook’s comfort with her culture, sharply into focus. “At the time, cultural identity seemed an overwhelming force—one separate from myself,” she wrote. “I was worried that others would only see the buckskin dress, not the person wearing it.”
Hesbrook’s piece was subsequently published on the Huffington Post website, in a series called Waking Youth, which explores spirituality in young people. A trained performer,Hesbrook also adapted her essay into a spoken-word piece.
We recently had the opportunity to talk with Hesbrook about the difference between writing and performing, her experiences at Oregon State and her goal of giving back to the community through creativity and education.
Visit the College of Liberal Arts website to read the full interview and view Hesbrook's performance.