November Is Native American Heritage Month

Posted: November 1, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: October 31, 2011 at 2:33 pm

The Office of Diversity Programs and Services, the Indigenous Nations Alumni Alliance and the Native American and Indigenous Alliance have organized several events to commemorate Native American Heritage Month, which is celebrated in recognition of intertribal cultures, as well as to educate the public about the heritage, history, art and traditions of the Native American people. The entire Mason community is welcome to attend these free events.

  • Pre-Powwow Dance Workshop. Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., Johnson Center, Dance Studio. Get ready for the Powwow by learning Native American and indigenous dances. Members of the Indigenous Nations Alumni Alliance will offer an introduction to traditional dance, music and regalia making.
  • Annual Veterans Day Powwow. Thursday, Nov. 10, from noon to 10 p.m. in Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. The powwow is a central social event in indigenous culture, combining dance and music. A large selection of traditional art and crafts will be available for purchase.
  • Film Screening of “Standing Silent Nation.” Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in The Hub (formerly Student Union Building II), Front Ballroom.

Other events during the month include the following.

  • A sage making workshop
  • A performance by award-winning Cherokee recording artist Michael Jacobs in the Johnson Center Atrium
  • Native American Heritage lunch in Southside
  • Identity: A student panel discussion
  • Trail of Tears Intertribal Dance Troupe Toy Drive

For a detailed list of events, click here.

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