NSU, Center for Tribal Studies host American Indian Heritage Month events

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/27/2018 02:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – Northeastern State University’s Center for Tribal Studies will celebrate American Indian Heritage Month with events in November.

The events consist of a Family Adoption Panel, a film screening of “Mankiller” and the Learning Indigenous Arts workshop series sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

The Family Adoption Panel will be at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the University Center Redbud Room. The panel is also in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month and will be a two-part panel discussion related to adoption and foster care through Indian Child Welfare.

The first Learning Indigenous Arts workshop will focus on visual arts at 5 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Fine Arts Room 105. Buffalo Gouge, a Mvskoke (Creek) and Cherokee artist who specializes in acrylic paint and graphic design, will guide participants through the process of developing and maintaining their unique style in the fine arts. RSVP at cts.nsuok.edu/events is required.

“Mankiller” will be shown at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Webb Auditorium in collaboration with the Center for Women’s Studies and the NSU Foundation. “Mankiller” is the story of Wilma Mankiller, who overcame sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman principal chief in 1985. The film reunites the documentary team of Gale Anne Hurd and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl.

The second Learning Indigenous Arts workshop will focus on the stomp dance tradition at 1 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Fine Arts Room 105. Charlotte Wolfe, cultural educator and CN citizen, will provide a four-hour workshop on the history and current practice of the stomp dance, a practice of many Southeastern woodland tribes. Participants will make their own set of can shakers. RSVP at cts.nsuok.edu/events is required. Individuals should bring cans for this workshop.

The final Learning Indigenous Arts workshop will focus on clay and ceramic art forms at 3 p.m. on Nov. 27 in Fine Arts Room 105. Osage artist Anita Fields will give a presentation of contemporary Native clay artists while leading participants in the creation of a simple clay form based on their personal narrative. RSVP at cts.nsuok.edu/events is required.

All NSU American Indian Heritage Month Events are free to attend and open to the public. For more information, visit cts.nsuok.edu.

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