Monday, July 20, 2009

Announcing.. Year of North American Indigenous Peoples

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that this year is the "Year of North American Indigenous Peoples" at Reinhardt College, and it is going to be incredible. I recently attended the first planning session, and it looks as if this year is going to be jam-packed with educational, cultural and social opportunities in line with this theme. Virtually all of the tribal nations are going to be invited to participate in the observance. The committee is planning a weekly film-and-discussion series, at least two speakers a month, a fall conference and a spring dance festival. The Funk Heritage Center is, naturally, going to be intimately involved in the programming, and we hope to interest the greater public as well as the Reinhardt community in the year's offerings. Within the scope of this year's program, we hope to address historical, political, social, economic and environmental issues relevant to the indigenous people of this continent. In addition, we hope to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for these cultures. I think it's going to be an eye-opener, but I also expect it's going to be quite engaging. We have a great crew in place to help make it happen.(I'm proud to say the library is going to be well-represented).

More specific information such as dates and times will be posted as soon as they are available. Keep watching!

(Thanks to the VERY talented Stephanie Olsen for the beautiful logo design)

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