Powwow Leads Off American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage Month

Posted: November 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 2, 2009 at 4:50 pm

By Rashad Mulla

The Mason community is preparing for a party, Native American style.

Throughout the month of November, Mason’s American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage celebration will feature a series of events featuring Native American discussions, film, culture and art.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, members of the American Indian/Alaskan Native Student Association (AIANSA) will teach interested audiences about the powwow, a Native American gathering featuring dances and music. Audiences will learn traditional styles of dance, music and arts and crafts.

This will lead up to the Annual Veterans Day Powwow on Monday, Nov. 9, which will be a full-scale reincarnation of the central Native American gathering. The event will feature professional musicians and dancers.

Admission to both events is free, and Native American art will be available to purchase.

Here are some of the highlights for the remainder of the month:

Thursday, Nov. 12 – “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”

The Johnson Center Cinema will host two showings of “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” an HBO Films production based on the book of the same name by Dee Brown. The film chronicles the story of Native Americans in the late 19th-century American West and their conflicts with the U.S. federal government. Showings are at 6 and 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 17 – Maze of Injustice: Indigenous Women’s Rights

Mason’s Amnesty International student organization presents “Maze of Injustice: Indigenous Women’s Rights,” a 7 p.m. talk in Johnson Center Meeting Room G by Gabrielle Tayac from the Smithsonian American Indian Museum, and Dave Nicholas, a former tribal law enforcement officer.

Friday, Nov. 20 – Native American Heritage Lunch

Several traditional dishes will be featured at Southside between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Most events are sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs and Services and AIANSA.

Click here for a full calendar of the month’s events.

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