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Past Events

Buffalo Street Books

May 20, 2018

Considering Matrilineality: an alternative to patriarchy
Author Discussion & Book Signing

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Buffalo Street Books
215 N Cayuga Street, Ithaca NY 14850
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In New York State, we are privileged to live with the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Nation as neighbors. They, and others like the Lenape, have been matrilineal for untold time; a way of life where men and women share power equally, sometimes in different spheres.

Now that the origin of the three sky god religions that brought the subjugation of women to our world (Judaism, Islam, Christianity), has been described and understood, it is time to reinstate an equal reverence for both male and female principles. The exploitation of Mother Earth is consistent with the exploitation of women and people of color. Enough is enough!


Community Arts of Elmira

May 17, 2018

Destiny Kinal on Sex, Time and Prophecy

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Community Arts of Elmira
413 Lake Street, Elmira, NY 14901
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Prophecy is the ability to learn from time.

Social scientists and anthropologists Leonard Shlain, Helen Fisher and Marija Gimbutas have reconstructed the importance of women in how the human species has evolved to this moment.

Men who have been raised by feminist mothers to be nurturing are sharing the work of living equally with their female partners.

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Part of the Original Work series at Community Arts of Elmira

Original Work is a series that celebrates original work of poetry, prose and songwriting through featured artist readings and performances. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are available.


Sayre Public Library

May 15, 2018

Book Club Meeting

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm
Sayre Public Library
122 S Elmer, Sayre PA 18840
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The Rockwell Museum

The Rockwell Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, presents Bare Bones Café – a community-sourced museum experience. 2018 marks the 125th birthday of the Museum’s home, Old City Hall in Corning. To celebrate, artists and performers from the greater Corning community have been invited to use an empty gallery as their laboratory and creative gathering place, April 27 – May 12, 2018. At the heart of this pop-up gallery is a challenge – how can an artist present their vision with only bare bones staging? The Rockwell provides the space and limited equipment – the artist brings the space to life.


May 6, 2018

Considering Matrilineality: an alternative to patriarchy

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
The Rockwell Museum
111 Cedar Street, Corning NY 14830
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Presentation at The Rockwell Museum
Part of a two-week juried series called Bare Bones Café

A matrilineal way-of-life is one in which women and men are equal and share power equally, often in different spheres. Women pass on the lineage, name and clan to their children and are in charge of the all things having to do with the earth including agriculture and wildcrafting. Men represent the tribe to the external world. You can imagine how Europeans were confused by this when it came to land use and treaties with native American chiefs.

Three women who have been interacting with or living inside a matrilineal culture will be presenting the program for their audience’s consideration: Sally Roesch Wagner of Syracuse, Ronnie Reitter of Victor and Destiny Kinal of Waverly, NY.

Sally Roesch Wagner’s book, Sisters in Spirit, documents the influence Haudenosaunee way-of-life had on our early women’s rights foremothers—Gage, Anthony and Stanton. Roesch Wagner’s book is largely responsible for a growing awareness of the international women’s movement’s debt to the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois women. A professor at Syracuse University and Founder/Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center in Fayetteville NY, Roesch Wagner will be introducing a new suffrage anthology to be published by Penguin Classics in February 2019, foreward by Gloria Steinem.

Sally will be joined by Ronnie Reitter, a Seneca seamstress, cornhusk doll maker and storyteller who recently retired from Ganondagan, the cultural center in Victor, NY that interprets the traditional way-of-life for young native people and for visitors from European, African and Asian lineages who consider themselves allies or are learning about this native American way-of-life. Reitter worked at Rochester Museum and Science Center for 4 years before being recruited to be Peter Jemison’s assistant at Ganondagan for the past 17 years. Reitter will comment on what matrilineality looks like from the inside and speak about the stresses the outside world puts on the tradition.

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Community Arts of Elmira

December 28, 2017

TTFL Fiber & Dye Practitioners Focus Group Meeting

Thursday, December 28, 2017, 4:00-6:00 pm
Community Arts of Elmira
413 Lake Street, Elmira, NY 14901
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Riverow Bookshop

November 26, 2017

Destiny Kinal Author Event

Sunday, November 26, 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm
Riverow Bookshop

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Barnes & Noble, Elmira NY

November 25, 2017

Destiny Kinal Author Event

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm
Barnes & Noble

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historical textile

November 16, 2017

Destiny Kinal Discussion & Dialog Series

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Spalding Memorial Library
724 S. Main Street, Athens PA 18810
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Historical garments from Tioga Point Museum

This textile is a national treasure, or if that is an exaggeration, it is certainly a treasure of the Susquehanna Watershed, being that it has all the attributions—where the flax was grown, where spun, and then returned to the flax grower’s wife to weave and embroider—and all this two years before the Sullivan Campaign, which burned the homes of the Queen Esther’s people and drove them north to Canada just in advance of winter, burned their crops and chopped down their mature orchards. These are people who were multilingual metis and who lived in peace and harmony with the white in the valley. (I’ve read the diaries and journals of the white.) Still remembered vividly. Both of the first two books in the Textile Trilogy are still dealing with this event. The native people in the valley are still dealing with the event….and certain whites continue to decry it.


Waverly Free Library

November 5, 2017

Destiny Kinal at First Program

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2:00-4:00 pm
Waverly Free Library
18 Elizabeth Street, Waverly, NY 14892
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Download a PDF of the lecture:
Creativity: switching from the rational to the imaginative


Bradford County Library

November 2, 2017

Destiny Kinal at the Bradford County Library

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:00-8:00 pm
Bradford County Library
16093 US-6, Troy, PA 16947
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Download a PDF of the lecture:
Research: envisioning time and place in either past or future


Card Carrying Books & Gifts

October 27, 2017

Destiny Kinal Author Talk – Urban Arts Crawl

Friday, October 27, 2017, 5:00-8:00 pm
Card Carrying Books & Gifts
15 East Market Street, Corning NY 14830
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Steele Memorial Library

October 23, 2017

Destiny Kinal Author Talk

Monday, October 23, 2017, 2:00-4:00 pm
Steele Memorial Library
101 East Church St, Elmira NY
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Download a PDF of the lecture:
Should novels hold up a moral standard? Why?


Sayre Public Library

October 19, 2017

Destiny Kinal Author Talk

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sayre Public Library
122 S Elmer, Sayre PA 18840
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Download a PDF of the lecture:
The purpose of history in novel writing


Community Arts of Elmira

October 11, 2017

Destiny Kinal Lecture ~ Empowering Women Series
Presented by the YWCA with Community Arts of Elmira and Elmira College

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, 6-8 pm
Community Arts of Elmira
413 Lake St, Elmira, NY 14901
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Download a PDF of the lecture:
Empowering Women


Tioga Arts & Agriculture

October 7, 2017

Destiny Kinal Writers' Workshop

Tioga Arts & Agriculture Trail – DAY 2
Saturday, October 7th, 1-3 pm
Destiny Kinal's home studio

Registration is a must: www.tiogaartsandagtrail.org
(Class size is limited to 12 writers.)


Linen Shroud book party invitation

September 22, 2017

Linen Shroud autumn equinox book release party
Salute E Vita, Marina Bay, Richmond, CA

Watching the sun set on autumn equinox over Mt. Tamalpais
Bubbly and heavy hors d’oeuvres


Linen Shroud book party invitation

September 2, 2017

Linen Shroud book release party
Findley Lake, Chautauqua County, NY

Outdoors, tent, live music, food and beverages


Linen Shroud book release party at The LOOM

July 30, 2017

Linen Shroud book release party
The LOOM, Waverly, NY


spinning flax

August 20-21, 2016

Flax & Linen: Following the Thread from Past to Present

This symposium was organized by the New England Flax and Linen Study Group in collaboration with Historic Deerfield.

Flax is a textile fiber with a 30,000-year history of human use. Its versatility and utility earned the moniker Linum usitatissimum, the “most useful” fiber. The ancient history of this amazing fiber was brought into the present and followed into the future during this two-day symposium hosted at Historic Deerfield.

A presentation by Destiny Kinal, Flax to Linen: The state of the art from a sustainable perspective, can be viewed below.


Watershed/Fibershed

April 2012

Watershed/Fibershed, presented by Rebecca Burgess and Destiny Kinal

In April, 2012, Fibershed and sitio tiempo press hosted a cooperative event and reading on the subject of bioregionalism, fibershed, and appropriate technology. The events were held partnership with two stores, Green Arcade Bookstore in San Francisco, on April 26th and at A Verb for Keeping Warm, the fiber center in Oakland, on April 15 at 3pm.

Rebecca Burgess spoke about Fibershed, the organization she founded in West Marin; Destiny Kinal talked about The Third Wave of bioregionalism and the unique approach to community organizing that occurs in each discreet watershed. Both women observed that creating local capacity for fiber production and dyeing creates community in turn. Burgess sees Fibershed as a key organizing principle in creating commerce inside and outside of the community, part of a sustainable way of life.