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MSU to celebrate Native American culture

Minot State University’s Native American Cultural Awareness Club is sponsoring the Native American Cultural Celebration in November. The commemoration will include speakers, presenters and exhibits of Native American success and culture.

“Native people celebrate their culture by living it,” said Annette Mennem, Native American Center director. “In November, the celebration is shared — attend, learn and celebrate with us.”

Planned events, which are free and open to the public in the Conference Center unless designated otherwise, include:

  • Nov. 9, 8:45 a.m.  — Sunrise veteran-and-warrior ceremony with the Johnson/Good Iron American Legion Post 271 color guard posting flags and an eagle staff in the Quad. A drummer will also play a flag song. NACAC partnered with the MSU Veterans Center for this event.
  • Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — NACAC and Mennem will host an open house for the campus community in the Native American Center, Student Center, third floor.
  • Nov. 10, 10-11:15 a.m. — Joseph Marion, director of Minot’s Heart of the Turtle Gallery, will discuss art styles and tribal art. Artwork will be on display and for sale from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (or until gone) — Fry bread taco sale in the Old Main first-floor hallway. The fry bread tacos are $6.
  • Nov. 18, 7 p.m.  — In "Success Stories of Two Generations of Three Tribes Males," Chad Dahlen, rancher and former educator, will use portraiture storytelling for his presentation in Aleshire Theater. This is in conjunction with the Northwest Art Center lecture series.
  • Nov. 19, 10-11:15 a.m. — AnnMarie De Mars, chief executive officer of 7 Generation Games, will discuss the company's video games that combine math, Native American history and adventure gaming.
  • Nov. 19, 1 p.m.  — Duane McGillis, community elder, will speak on the significance of powwow regalia and music.
  • Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-noon — The Metis Prairie Steppers, a First Nations dance group from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, will give the history of the Metis people and dance. Audience participation is encouraged. NACAC and the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, a Center of Excellence at MSU, are sponsoring this event.

For questions, contact Mennem at 858-3365 or annette.mennem@minotstateu.edu.

 

Published: 11/06/15



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