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UNC Pembroke's Native American Speakers Series kicks off with Unlocking Silent Histories on Sept. 20

September 19, 2016

The 2016-2017 Native American Speakers Series at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke begins with Unlocking Silent Histories and Maya Traditions Foundation on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the University Center Annex. 

Indigenous Guatemalan youth leaders and artists participating in Unlocking Silent Histories (USH) http://unlockingsilenthistories.org/ and Maya Traditions Foundation (MTF) http://www.mayatraditions.org/ will visit UNC Pembroke after their presentation at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. 

The mission of USH is to open spaces for indigenous youth to critically analyze how they are represented in the media and to creatively express their worlds from their own perspectives, in the form of documentary films. Their visit to UNC Pembroke is a unique opportunity to experience Mayan filmmakers, storytellers, and weavers as they promote cultural understanding by connecting youth across generational and geographical boundaries through critical and creative media expression, amplifying their voices and identities, and honoring their cultural and linguistic heritages. 

Their work offers dynamic models to UNCP students and community members interested in documenting their own cultural heritage through filmmaking and other artistic expression. We invite you to this rare opportunity to view Guatemalan Mayan cultural expression through youth-produced documentaries and traditional weaving practices, presented and demonstrated by participants in these two organizations. 

The Native American Speakers Series is supported by the Department of American Indian Studies, the Southeast American Indian Studies Program, Office of Academic Affairs and PNC Bank. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at haladayj@uncp.edu