UNCP celebrates American Indian Heritage Month

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American Indian Heritage

From Native food to a talk by American Indian actor Wes Studi, a series of events will be held at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke in November to honor American Indian Heritage Month.   

The month-long celebration is also a time to celebrate UNCP’s unique status as North Carolina’s historically American Indian university. Some of the events are held every year and some are brand new.

Studi, an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, will speak on November 19 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. He is famous for his roles in classic movies such as “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last of the Mohicans.”

In his latest role, Studi plays Chief Yellow Hawk in “Hostiles” co-starring Christian Bale. His talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center.

Honoring Native Foodways will celebrate its 10th year on November 8 in the University Center Annex. It is a celebration of Native and local foods prepared by some outstanding local cooks. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish of healthy and local food to share. Chef Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, will give a short cooking demonstration during the event.

Chef Sherman will also facilitate a book talk the evening before on November 7 at 6 p.m. in the Museum of the Southeast American Indian. Sherman has been cooking across the United States and Mexico over the past 30 years, and has become renowned nationally and internationally in the culinary movement of indigenous foods. His main focus has been on the revitalization and evolution of indigenous foods systems throughout North America.

The second annual N-Design Fashion Show will be held on November 13 at 6 p.m. in the University Center Annex.

Here is a complete listing of events for American Indian Heritage Month at UNCP: 

November 1-30: Photography Exhibit: Lumbee Indians: A People and A Place

  • Featuring Chip Cavan (Lumbee), Travis Dove, and historical photographs from MSAI’s collection
  • Museum of the Southeast American Indian, Old Main

Friday, November 2: American Indian Read-In

  • UNCP elementary education majors, education faculty, and library faculty and staff will read American Indian literature to more than 700 public school students.
  • 8:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Pembroke Elementary School
  • Sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Livermore Library, and the School of Education

Saturday, November 3: American Indian Heritage Day: Braves Football

vs. Mars Hill College

Wednesday, November 7: Book Talk with Chef Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota)

  • Native American Speakers Series
  • 6 p.m.
  • Museum of the Southeast American Indian, Old Main
  • Sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies

Thursday, November 8: Honoring Native Foodways featuring Chef Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota)

  • Please bring a covered dish made of traditional native foods, prepared in a healthy manner.
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • University Center Annex

Tuesday, November 13: N-Design Fashion Show

  • 6 - 8 p.m.
  • University Center Annex

Wednesday, November 14: Brave Dialogue Series: Local Roots, Global Bonds. Exploring Intersections with Indigenous and Global Nations

  • 3 p.m.
  • Chavis University Center, Room 208
  • Sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Campus Engagement and Leadership, and Office for Global Engagement

Thursday, November 15: Rock Your Mocs!

  • Wear your favorite moccasins or traditional footwear.

Sunday, November 18: Film: Hostiles (2017) featuring Wes Studi

  • 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Chavis University Center, Lounge
  • Sponsored by the Native American Student Organization and Campus Engagement and Leadership

Monday, November 19: Distinguished Speaker Series: Actor Wes Studi (Cherokee Nation)

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Givens Performing Arts Center
  • Admission: $10 general admission, $5 for faculty/staff/children, and free for UNCP students with a valid ID.
  • Sponsored by Campus Engagement and Leadership, Southeast American Indian Studies Program, Department of American Indian Studies, and Museum of Southeast American Indian Studies

Monday, November 26: American Indian Regalia Showcase

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • University Center Annex
  • Sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Livermore Library

Tuesday, November 27: Drama: Strike At The Wind! (Grades 6 - 12)

  • Public school students (grades 6 through 12) are invited to the session
  • 10 a.m.
  • Givens Performing Arts Center
  • Admission: $3
  • For more information, contact Alisha Locklear Monroe (Lumbee) at 910.521.6282 or alisha.locklear@uncp.edu.

Wednesday, November 28: American Indian Storytelling and Dancing (Grades Pre-K - 5)

  • Public school students (pre-school through grade 5) are invited to the session
  • 10 a.m.
  • Givens Performing Arts Center
  • Admission: $3
  • For more information, contact Alisha Locklear Monroe (Lumbee) at 910.521.6282 or alisha.locklear@uncp.edu.

Thursday, November 29: Young Native Voices: Oral Recitations of American Indian Literature, Poetry, or Prose

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Livermore Library, Reading Room
  • Sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Livermore Library
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