On August 3, 1990, the month of November was recognized by President George H. W. Bush as Native American Heritage Month (NAHM). During this month, we take the time to recognize the people, culture, traditions, crafts and music that existed in the United States before it became what we know today.
The campus theme for this year is “Our Fire Still Burns.” The fire burning analogy exemplifies the strength, resiliency and integrity of Native American people. The theme dispels the myth that Native people have disappeared from the American radius; they are still fighting to reclaim their land even today. Please check below for our calendar of events for the month.
Musicians, dancers, artists, storytellers, and authors from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes will gather for this popular family event. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the 23rd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration offers something for all ages and gives a firsthand opportunity to learn about the state’s American Indian culture (with a population of over 120,000), past and present. Activities include craft demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, foods, and much more.
Title: Living in a world of Ancestry DNA
Does Native American on a DNA test make you indigenous? Bring your lunch and join Amberlina Alston, President of the Native American Student Association, as she discusses DNA tests and tribal citizenship.
Join the GLBT Center as they screen the short documentary, Robeson Rises. Examining the fight to stop the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, this film chronicles residents of Robeson County as they work to preserve their land, honor their culture, and fight against environmental racism. Following the film, join in a panel discussion with organizers from EcoRobeson to unpack the impact of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on the Native American community, and the fight for environmental justice.
Remember Her: We Are Still Singing
Where do our stories take root? Everything our ancestors have done had purpose and meaning; we can help that meaning live on in our continual practice of lessons we’ve been taught, ceremonies we’ve been gifted, and songs and stories we carry in our hearts.
Indigenous women are the backbone to any community. Many of our matriarchs have endured Industrial Schools, relocation, and the desolation of reservations and still created magic by making food, weaving baskets, and by storying our survival. Because of the strength of Indigenous women in our lineage, there are songs we all still carry. Some songs have been passed down for generations through tradition or ceremony; blood memory. Other songs are landmarks in the map of my memory; the lyrics and melodies remind us who we are. Some songs and stories have yet to be written, but we are always one song away from the next destination. How can we translate this ancestral knowledge into an every day practice? This talk will discuss how stories, songs, and ceremonies can serve as seeds to create the food that nurtures and heals the flooding of our internal heartscapes. Poetry and performance will be used to explore how the art of remembering can allow us to re-member – put ourselves back together after rupture and hold our hearts together throughout our journeys on this earth.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. For more information, please contact Multicultural Student Affairs at 919.515.3835.