MSU to celebrate Native American culture
Minot State University will host the Native American Cultural Celebration Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 20. The commemoration will include speakers, presenters and exhibits of Native American success and culture. The event is sponsored by the MSU's Native American Cultural Awareness Club.
"The Anishinaabe, Ojibwe, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, Navajo, Potawatomi have a lot to celebrate. The people, culture and language are all part of what makes us Native. Come and learn, ask questions and celebrate with us," said Annette Mennem, Native American Center director.
Unless noted, all presentations are in the Conference Center (Student Center, third floor). Planned events, which are free and open to the public, include:
- Nov. 12, 11 a.m. "The Tribal and Non-Tribal Higher Education Relationship" presented by Scott Davis, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission executive director.
- Nov. 12, 2 p.m. "Spirit Lake: The Game" discussed by Erich Longie, president of Spirit Lake Consulting, Inc. Longie will highlight "Spirit Lake: the Game" by 7 Generation Games. This educational video game, co-developed with AnnMaria De Mars, teaches children mathematics, while incorporating historically accurate Native American culture and traditions.
- Nov. 13, 9 a.m. "What You Want to Know about the Native American Culture but Haven't Asked," a panel discussion with Native American elder Pat Wilkie and MSU faculty Harry Hoffman and Nelrene Yellow Bird and NACAC students.
- Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Frybread taco sale in the Old Main first-floor hallway. The frybread tacos are $6.
- Nov. 13, 2 p.m. Gilson Mandan, author of "Prairie Chicken Tales" in the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Times, will tell stories and discuss the importance of storytelling in Native cultures.
- Nov. 14, 9 a.m. Jessica Metcalfe, blogger, will discuss the Beyond Buckskin website. The website empowers Native American artists and designers, advances the quality of Native American fashion through education while providing an indepth podium for societal participation. Inspired by relevant historical and contemporary Native American clothing design and art, Beyond Buckskin promotes cultural appreciation, social relationships and authenticity and creativity.
- Nov. 14, 2 p.m. The Turtle Mountain Community College Anishinaabe Club will give presentations. Titles are "Navajo's Story of Bringing Harmony to Multiple American Indian Culture," "Beaded and Quill Earrings," "Turtle Mountain Beliefs on Drumming, Rattles and Singing," "Four Sacred Medicine Pin," "Hand Drum Singing and Flute," Fiddling and Jigging" and "Turtle Mountain Old Jingle Dress."
- Nov. 20, 7 p.m. "The Sitting Bull Connection" presented by Ernie LaPointe, author of "Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy," and great-grandson of Sitting Bull, the renown Hunkpapa Lakota chief. LaPointe is a sun dancer who lives the traditional way of the Lakota and follows the rules of the sacred pipe. His presentation will be in Aleshire Theatre is in conjunction with the Northwest Art Center lecture series.
For questions, contact Mennem at 858-3365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.