Mason Celebrates American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month

Posted: October 28, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Call

One of the highlights of George Mason’s annual observance of American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month is the Veteran’s Day Powwow, sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs and Services (ODPS), American Indian/Alaskan Native Student Association and University Life. The event, on Friday, Nov. 11, will feature traditional food and crafts in the Student Union Building II (SUB II) Ballroom from noon to 10 p.m.

The powwow and other events during November are designed to celebrate and raise awareness of Native American history, culture and achievements.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, T. Carter will present a lecture, “In the Spirit of Tasunke Witco, Crazy Horse.” Carter will discuss the current objectives of the Crazy Horse Memorial, which is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota and honors not only the great Lakota warrior, but all indigenous people. Her lecture offers an important counter narrative, bringing a Native American voice to the official version of history. It includes a video presentation and a question-and-answer session, and will be presented at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room D.

The film “Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner” will be shown in the Johnson Center Cinema on Thursday, Nov. 3. The first feature-length Canadian film written, produced, directed and acted by an Inuit, it is set in ancient Igloolik and explores the struggles between humans, nature’s power and the forces of the supernatural.

On Monday, Nov. 21, the Trail of Tears Intertribal Dance Troupe will perform in SUB II, Rooms 5-7, from 3 to 5 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a toy to donate to the troupe’s annual toy drive for children on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota.

In addition, several traditional native dishes will be served in Ciao Hall during lunch on Thursday, Nov. 10.

For more information, contact ODPS at 703-993-2700.

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