Mason Celebrates American Indian Alaskan Native Heritage Month

Posted: November 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The following events will mark American Indian Alaskan Native Heritage Month at Mason.

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Coup Feather Making Workshop. 6 to 8 p.m., Johnson Center, Gold Room

A fun, hands-on workshop with historian T. Carter, who will demonstrate the basic techniques of decorating feathers used in Native American war bonnet and bustle making. Each participant will create and take home a hand-painted imitation eagle Coup Feather, a feather traditionally awarded for brave and honorable acts in war.

Contemporary uses for the finished feather include award feather, hat feather, prayer feather, dance stick, talking stick, hair ornament, decorative shield and pipe ornament. Cosponsors include the Native American Alumni Association, American Indian/Alaskan Native Student Association and the Office of Diversity Programs and Services (ODPS). For more information, call 703-624-6201.

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Pre-Powwow Dance Workshop. 6 to 8 p.m., Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall North

Get ready for the powwow. Members of the American Indian/Alaskan Native Student Association will offer an introduction to traditional native dance, music and regalia making. Everyone is welcome, but come prepared to move, learn and have a good time. Sponsored by American Indian/Alaskan Native Student Association and the Office of Diversity Programs and Services.

Monday, Nov. 10

Sixth Annual Veterans Day Powwow. 1 to 10 pm, Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

The powwow is a central social event in pan-Indian culture, combining dance and music: Host Drum; Northern Drum, White Oak Singers; and Southern Drum, Black Bear Singers. Clayton Old Elk will serve as the master of ceremonies and Lawrence Baker will act as arena director. Head Dancers: Mary Phillips and Cedric Burges. Head Junior Dancers: Alexander Fire Walker and Laila Mahogany Amin. Open to all. Admission is free. A large selection of traditional art and crafts will be available for purchase. Cosponsors include the American Indian/Alaskan Native Student Association, Office of Diversity Programs and Services, Native American Alumni Association and University Life.

For more information, call ODPS at 993-2705.

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