Our Mission moves to create an inclusive support network for imaginative Indigenous endeavors.
Our Vision seeks cultural preservation sustained through Indigenous letters & arts, collaboration and community.
Returning the Gift Literary Festival (RTG) is a conference created by Indigenous writers, after years of under-representation and isolation at other industry events. The inaugural festival took place in Norman, Oklahoma in July 1992. The event was attended by approximately 400 Native and Indigenous writers and artists from North and South America. Returning the Gift Literary Festival became a watershed moment in Native and Indigenous Literature, as the 1992 festival was the first gathering of its kind that brought more Native and Indigenous writers together in one place, than at any other time in history.
Since the first festival, Returning the Gift has become an annual literary event for Indigenous artists and authors from all over the world, to gather, celebrate and honor the work of many amazing Indigenous creators. Thousands of Native and Indigenous writers and artists have benefitted from the mentorships, fellowships, and workshops that have taken place at Returning the Gift Literary Festivals.
In July 2016, Returning the Gift Inc was established as nonprofit organization focused on Indigenous advocacy, collaboration, education, language preservation, mentorship, peer recognition, and the sustainability of Returning the GIft Literary Festival.