‘Native American Cultural Celebration’ set for Oct. 4-6

BY STAFF REPORTS
09/23/2019 04:00 PM
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The third annual “Native American Cultural Celebration” is set for Oct. 4-6 at the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Arkansas. COURTESY
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – The Museum of Native American History will host the third annual “Native American Cultural Celebration: Tradition through Pop Culture,” Oct. 4-6.

The weekend will celebrate the diversity and enduring spirit of Native traditions and cultures. Native artists, actors, leaders, advocates and more from across the country will come together to celebrate their individual cultures and experiences while providing an opportunity for the local community to learn about Native American cultures that are thriving and surviving today.

The headlining presenter is Cherokee actor Wes Studi, who has grown from his roots as a small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician. His performances in feature films such as “Dances with Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” continues to change Hollywood stereotypes of Native people.

Other guests include Kiowa artist Steven Paul Judd, “The Kitchen Curandera” Felicia Ruiz and more.

Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw) is from Oklahoma. He is a filmmaker, director, screenwriter, writer of fiction and visualist. He’s a member of the Writers Guild of America. Judd’s filmography is large in scope and provides a unique perspective on and from within Native American culture today. His innovative approach provides a glimpse into a world that is familiar to the underrepresented first peoples of this nation and simultaneously brings about a fresh perspective and understanding among the non-Indian community through humor.

The Cherokee Indian Baptist Choir will share songs during a fundraising brunch on Oct. 6 to benefit Partnership With Native Americans. Guests will be invited to dine on delicious food, listen to live music and learn about the work of Partnership With Native Americans, its new campaign and food sovereignty. During the brunch, guests are also invited to explore the silent auction. As the only paid-ticket event of the celebration, all proceeds will benefit PWNA and its ongoing work to help build strong, self-sufficient Native American communities.

Much of PWNA’s work centers on material aid, educational support and community-based services. PWNA also connects outside resources to reservations through its distribution network and reservation partnerships. The only Native-serving charity to work on 60 reservations year-round, the charity’s service area is concentrated in 12 states and encompasses Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Navajo and other high-need reservations.

For a schedule of events, visit www.monah.us. The Museum of Native American History is located at 202 SW O St.

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