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University Celebrates Native Heritage Month
In honor of Native Heritage Month, the Native Student Program in Multicultural Affairs, along with students and campus partners, has organized a series of events throughout November.
From workshops, lacrosse demonstrations, ceremonies and speakers, there is an array of cultural activities to celebrate, honor and raise awareness about Indigenous history, identities and traditions. It is also a time to renew commitments and educate the public about the challenges Native people have faced and how to conquer these challenges.
“For this year’s Native Heritage Month, we wanted to showcase the beauty and resiliency amongst Indigenous communities by having different workshops, discussions and films being shown on campus and in the surrounding community. We wanted to show the campus community that we are still here and thriving,” says Bailey Tlachac, program coordinator of the Native Student Program in Multicultural Affairs. “The campus community can expect an informational speaker series with Turtle Clan Mother Whatwehni:neh Freida Jacques, a history of lacrosse and demonstration with Syracuse University Ombudsman Neal Powless and the Club Lacrosse team, and a closing social dance at the Skybarn on South Campus, among many other events, to celebrate Native Heritage Month!”
The month began with a discussion on Indigenous Awareness, which focused on the injustices Indigenous people have faced and currently face. The month continues with the Ribbon Skirt Workshop, a two-day event that teaches participants how to make a contemporary ribbon skirt. The workshop is led by Deb Stalk (Mohawk), a sewer for over 40 years. No experience is needed and each participant will receive a kit with all necessary materials. Registration is required, as well as a commitment to both days.
The month will also include a visit from Mariah Gladstone, host of IndigiKitchen, to discuss the history of the Native food system and how traditional foods aid emotional, physical and spiritual health. Other highlights during the month include an opportunity to hear from Turtle Clan Mother Whatwehni:neh Freida Jacques and participate in a Full Moon Ceremony, podcast launch party, screening of a short film by Terry Jones ’16, lacrosse demonstration, Rock Your Mocs movement, salve-making workshop and the Queer and Indigenous discussion.
Everyone is encouraged to join the Native Heritage Month celebration and share photos or videos using #cuseNHM on your favorite social media platform.
For more information regarding Native Heritage Month or to request accommodations, email Tlachac or call 315.443.0258.
Story by Tessa Hodinger G’23, graduate assistant in Student Experience Communications