Native American Heritage Month is dedicated to recognizing and honoring Indigenous cultures across the country. During this month at NC State, Multicultural Student Affairs hosts a myriad of events for Native students to celebrate their unique and vibrant traditions and tribes. Some of these signature events include the Indigenous Speakers Series, Native American Culture Night, and the Dreamcatcher Workshop. In addition, this is the first year that a Heritage Month event will be hosted in partnership with the GLBT Center, which will be a showing of Two Spirits, a documentary that explores traditional views of gender fluidity in some Native communities. Though Native American Heritage Month is certainly a time for Native students to honor their respective cultures, it is also for the larger campus community to come together to learn more about Native tribes and communities. We invite you to join us in the commemoration of this month!
- Download the printable NAHM 2015 Calendar!
Native American Heritage Month Reception | November 3, 5-6 PM | Talley 4261
Join the Native community in commencing and celebrating Native American Heritage Month with food and fellowship in the Multicultural Student Affairs Office. The Indigenous Speakers Series will immediately follow.
Co-sponsored by the Peer Mentor Program
Indigenous Speakers Series Presents “The History of American Indian Education” with Dr. Alfred Bryant | November 3, 6-8 PM | Talley 4280
Come learn more about the history of Indian education with a talk by Dr. Alfred Bryant, founding director of the Southeast American Indian Studies Program at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Frybread Sale | November 5, 12 – 2 PM | The Brickyard
Join us in the Brickyard and enjoy some frybread, a traditional Native American dish made with deep-fried dough and topped with honey or powdered sugar. The Native American Student Association (NASA) will be fundraising for their 26th annual Spring Powwow. Cost = $5
Pulse of the Pack: A Native Drumming Workshop | November 5, 6 – 7:30 PM | Talley 4261
Come out to learn about the history and significance of the Drum in Native culture. This will be an interactive event, as a traditional Southern style Native drumming song will be taught.
Rock Your Mocs | November 9, 5:30 – 8:30 PM | Witherspoon 126
The moccasin is a form of traditional Indian footwear worn in both historical and modern times. Celebrate indigenous people and tradition by participating in the 5th Annual “Rock Your Mocs” National Campaign with us by crafting your own set of moccasins. Wear your moccasins all week to celebrate Native American culture with us.
Co-sponsored by Cisco
Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. Native Art Show | November 10, 6-8 PM | Talley 4261
Join us in appreciating a collection of art created by Native American students on campus. Native art from the Museum of History will also be featured. Awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
Veteran’s Day Commemoration | November 11, 12-2 PM | The Brickyard
Come out to the Brickyard to honor and commemorate our Native and non-Native Veterans and learn more about their history.
Native American Culture Night | November 12, 6-8 PM | Talley Coastal Ballroom
This signature event grants the Wolfpack community the opportunity to learn more about Native American culture through interactive presentations surrounding Native foods, dance, music, and language.
Co-sponsored by Student Government
Witherspoon Movie Night | November 12, 9:45 PM & November 14, 7 PM | Witherspoon Cinema
Witherspoon Cinema presents two showings of “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”, a film documenting the forced assimilation of Native peoples during the mid-1800s.
Cost = $2 for students and staff; $3 for the general community
Sigma Omicron Epsilon Sorority, Inc. Dreamcatcher Workshop | November 16, 5:30 – 8:30 PM | Witherspoon 126
All are invited to join the sisters of Sigma Omicron Epsilon, Inc. for their annual Dreamcatcher workshop. Come create your own dreamcatcher and learn about their importance in Native cultures and communities.
Co-sponsored by Cisco
American Indian Science and Engineering Society Conference | November 19 – 21 | Phoenix, Arizona
A delegation of eight members of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) will represent NC State at the 36th National AISES conference, where they will focus on American Indian recruitment and retention strategies in the STEM disciplines as well as network with other Native students and professionals.
American Indian Heritage Education Day | November 20, 9 AM – 3 PM | North Carolina Museum of History
Students will have an interactive experience that will bring American Indian history and culture to life. Visit teaching stations on storytelling, crafts, games, foodways, dancing, and music, staffed by members of the state’s eight recognized tribes. Listen to and participate in discussions about Indians today.
Voices of the Lumbee | November 20, 7 – 9 PM | North Carolina Museum of History
Despite decades of economic and political struggles, the Lumbee continue to uphold a strong sense of pride for their culture. This documentary raises awareness about the ongoing struggles of the Lumbee by weaving historical and cultural aspects of the people who call Robeson County home. A discussion will follow.
American Indian Heritage Celebration | November 21, 11 AM – 4 PM | North Carolina Museum of History
The museum’s 20th celebration features a day of music, dance, arts, storytelling, cultural presentations, hands-on activities, and food—with members of every state-recognized tribe and organization.
Two Spirit Film Viewing & Talking Circle with GLBT Center | November 23, 6 – 8 PM | SAS 1216
Join us in partnership with the GLBT Center for a viewing of Two Spirit, a film which focuses on gender identity and sexuality in Native communities. A talking circle and discussion will follow.
Brittany Hunt is assistant director for Native American Student Affairs.