CMU celebrates Native American heritage in November

The university will host nine cultural events throughout Native American Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month

Central Michigan University will host a series of events in November to honor Native American culture. As part of Native American Heritage Month, the university will offer interactive cultural events, Native American performers, speakers and movies to pay tribute to the rich ancestry, heritage and traditions of Native American people.

“We offer different events and workshops throughout the month to give everyone a chance to look at what we’ve done as a culture and how we keep our traditions moving forward,” said Colleen Green, director of Native American Programs at CMU. “Events like this help people see who we are and better understand our heritage.”

Highlights of the month include:

Annual Food Taster

The annual Native American Food Taster features traditional foods and a singing and dancing powwow demonstration. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for the general public.

Keynote speaker Gyasi Rossi

Gyasi Rossi, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, will be the keynote speaker for the celebration. Rossi will present “The Brilliance of Indigenous Mentorship and the Current Crisis to Native Communities when Mentorship Disappears” at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. Gysai was named to the 2011 Native American 40 Under 40 list by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.

Shawl Making

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is hosting shawl making at 1 p.m. Nov. 25. The event will be held in Room 2 of the college’s West Building.

Hoop Dancing with Thirza Defoe

Thirza Defoe is a performer from the Ojibwa and Oneida tribes of Northern Wisconsin who is widely known for her sacred hoop dancing that she has been performing since she was 8 years old. She will present at 6 p.m. on Nov. 26 in Moore Hall’s Kiva.

For a complete listing of events along with dates, times and locations, click here.