25 Years of Indigenous Accomplishment
Returning the Gift began in 1992, when nearly 400 Native writers and storytellers gathered at the University of Oklahoma for what would prove to be watershed event for Native literature. This historic event birthed two sister organizations: Native Writers Circle of the Americas (NWCA) and Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Collectively, these organizations offered the only awards given by Indigenous writers to Indigenous writers. Twenty-four years later, while organizers began to create the 25th anniversary conference, the two organizations reincorporated into an emerging umbrella nonprofit organization, Returning the Gift, Inc.
Returning the Gift sustains the work of these Indigenous organizations, the bi-annual festival schedule, and other projects fulfilling the nonprofit’s vision of sustaining Indigenous culture. Join us in supporting Indigenous creative endeavors.