Native American Cultural Celebration 2020:
Indigenous Peoples: Honoring Our Legacy
November 9 – November 13, 2020
Indigenous peoples have inhabited North, Central, and South America for thousands of years. During that time, a wide range of customs, civilizations, and languages emerged and shaped the founding of several societies. Join the Native American Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center to honor the proud and rich legacy of the Americas’ first people.
Movie Night: The Thick Dark Fog
Monday, November 9 | 6 pm | Register Here for the Movie Night: The Thick Dark Fog
The Thick Dark Fog chronicles the life story of Walter Littlemoon, who attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota sixty years ago. The mission of many of these schools was still to “kill the Indian and save the man.” The film provides an in-depth look at his life and how he lived with this unresolved trauma into adulthood, acting it out through alcoholism and domestic violence. It tells the story of how he confronted the “thick dark fog” of his past so that he could heal himself and his community.
Rappahannock Indian History in the Colonial Period
Wednesday, November 11 | 6 pm | Register Here for the Rappahannock Indian History in the Colonial Period
Dr. Julia A. King will be discussing her experiences of studying, writing, and teaching about historical archaeology and Chesapeake history and culture, with a specific emphasis on the Indigenous tribes from the Rappahannock region. From 2003 until 2011, King served as an Expert Member on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a Federal agency that advises the president and Congress on matters of national historic preservation policy. King has published the results of her research in a number of journals and edited collections.
Native American Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker: Sherry Salway Black
Thursday, November 12 | 6:00 pm | Register here for the Native American Cultural Celebration Keynote: Sherry Salway Black.
Mrs. Black is Oglala Lakota and is originally from South Dakota. She has worked for more than 40 years in American Indian issues at the American Indian Policy Review Commission; Indian Health Service, First Nations Development Institute, and with the National Congress of American Indians. She was appointed by President Obama in 2011 to the President’s Advisory Committee on Financial Capability and in 2013 to the President’s Advisory Committee on Financial Capability for Young Americans. She currently serves as Board Vice President of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, Prosperity Now (formerly CFED), and as chairperson for First Peoples Fund. She serves as a Trustee for the Native American Agriculture Fund. She also serves on the board of trustees for the National Indian Child Welfare Association and advisory committee for the National Congress of American Indians’ Policy Research Center. She has also served on: the board of directors for the Hitachi Foundation; the board of governors for Honoring Excellence in the Governance of Tribal Nations (Honoring Nations) of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development; and the board of directors for the Council on Foundations where she was the treasurer and a member of the Executive, Finance and Investment, Membership, and Governance Committees. Register here for the Native American Cultural Celebration Keynote: Sherry Salway Black.
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