Native American Cultural Celebration

Native American Cultural Celebration 2017

November 13 to 17, 2017


We honor those First Nations people who have come before us and tell their stories through song, dance, and tradition.  Join the JFMC and the Native American Student Association as we come together to celebrate the rich history of Native Americans and First Nations culture and work toward a future that recognizes the beauty and power of Native peoples.

JFMC Human Rights Film Series Presents: “A River Between Us”

Monday, November 13 | 6 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center

A River Between Us documents the largest river restoration project in American history.  Nearly three hundred miles in length, flowing from southern Oregon to northern California, the vast communities of the Klamath River have been feuding over its water for generations, and as a result, bad blood has polluted their river and their relationships equally.

Native American Cultural Celebration Dinner

Tuesday, November 14 | 5 p.m. | Dining Services, University Center, 4th floor

Cost: 1 meal swipe; Cash/Credit/EagleOne $11.50 + tax

Cost: 1 meal swipe; Flex $10.75; Cash/Credit/EagleOne $12 + tax

In honor of the annual Native American Cultural Celebration, Dining Services will feature a fabulous and festive Native American cuisine.  Come and enjoy delicious Native American foods and Native American trivia.

“Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women:  An Emerging Epidemic in the United States”

Wednesday, November 15 | 4:00 p.m. | Colonnade Room 315, University Center

This event will highlight the numerous cases of missing and murdered indigenous women in the United States and the legislation being put forth to combat these unfortunate and tragic incidents. Also, we will be discussing how Canada has been able to address this problem and what the United States can learn from their example.  Our dialogue will delve into the impact this has had on the Native American community and why we must work together to end this troubling trend.

Native American Cultural Performance – Round Dance

Thursday, November 16 | 5 p.m. | Ball Circle

Round Dances are performed by Native peoples all across North America.  Usually Round Dance gatherings are one night in duration, although occasionally they may last for two nights in a row. Originally a healing dance, it became a social dance, and in its current form serves both social and ceremonial functions. Round Dance celebrations vary from community to community. Join the Native American Student Association in a social Round Dance to celebrate the coming of the keynote speaker, Rose Powhatan.

Native American Cultural Celebration Keynote Program: Rose Powhatan, Native American Storyteller

Thursday, November 16 | 7 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

NACC Keynote Rose Powhatan, Native American Storyteller

NACC Keynote Rose Powhatan

Rose Powhatan is mixed-media artist, educator, cultural practitioner, and storyteller. She has appeared in the film The New World, the HBO miniseries John Adams, and Jamestown Settlement’s production 1607: A Nation Takes Root. Descended from the Pamunkey and Tauxenant tribes of Virginia, she is co-founder and director of the Powhatan Museum of Indigenous Arts and Culture. She has taught arts, theater, and humanities courses in the United States and United Kingdom for more than 25 years. She earned degrees in studio art, art history and education from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and completed graduate studies at University of London. Her many honors include fellowships from the Cafritz Foundation and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship program.





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