In today’s episode, Turning Points Magazine senior editor Taylor Notah speaks with playwright and graduate student Esther Almazan (Yaqui), who is in the Dramatic Writing MFA program at ASU. Graduating this Spring 2020 semester, Esther shares insight about her applied project, a play titled “Indian School” that has received the Kennedy Center Latinx Playwrighting Award, Distinguished Achievement and had a staged reading at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Esther shares the turning points in her life that led her to theatre, the beauty of seeing her playwrights go from written ideas to the performance onstage, and how “Indian School” allowed her to take control in Indigenous storytelling. “Indian School” debuts on the ASU Tempe campus February 21, 2020 - March 1 at the Nelson Fine Arts Center 133. Then, in ‘My Take,’ Nicholet Deschine Parkhurst shares her experiences that helped to shape her perspective on land acknowledgements -- the practice of recognizing the lands of territories of Indigenous peoples where we live and work. Subscribe to the Turning Points Magazine Podcast in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Pocket Casts and wherever you listen to podcasts! Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/asuturningpoint/. The music for today's episode was provided by Christopher Luna and the Sun Devil Drumtie Circle.