Thursday, August 20, 2009

Year of North American Indigenous Peoples Events: Fall Semester

Here's what the "Year Of" committee has planned so far for Fall Semester!

On September 24, at 10 am and 7:30 pm, the Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble will be performing at the Falany Performing Arts Center on the Reinhardt College campus. This one-of-a-kind performance group represents the Plains nations of Lakota, Anishinabe and Comanche, the Southeastern Choctaw and the Woodlands nations of Ojibwe and Oneida. The first 50 Reinhardt students to attend this show get in free with their Eagle card! Children's tickets for the 10 am performance will only be $5.

Also in late September, the college will host Dr. Tanis Thorne, a history lecturer at the University of California-Los Angeles. Dr. Thorne specializes in Native American history.

On November 19, Native Sun News editor Tim Giago will speak on the evolution of oral tradition into written tradition. Mr. Giago founded the Lakota Times and the Lakota Journal, and was the founder and first president of the Native American Journalists Association. He has received many professional awards, is a member of the South Dakota Hall of fame and the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame, and holds honorary doctorates from Bacone College in Oklahoma and from the Nebraska Indian Community College at Winnebago, NE. His books include The Aboriginal Sin and Notes from Indian Country Volumes I and II. He has appeared on national television, in national magazines and has lectured at many colleges and universities including Harvard, MIT, UCLA, University of Illinois, Boise State, Chadron State, Bacone College, Nebraska Indian Community College, Florida A&M, University of Colorado, Navajo Community College at Shiprock, NM and Miami of Ohio University, among others. Reinhardt College is certainly proud to join that number!

There will be a film-and-discussion series at 2 pm on Thursdays in the Funk Heritage Center’s theater. The following films are scheduled for fall semester: Sept. 3, Windwalker; Sept. 10, Black Robe; Sept. 17, The Last of the Mohicans; Sept. 24, The New World; Oct. 1, Drums Along the Mohawk; Oct. 8, Dances with Wolves; Oct. 15, Cheyenne Autumn; Oct. 22, Fort Apache; Oct. 29, Geronimo: An American Legend; Nov. 5, I Will Fight No More Forever; Nov. 12, Little Big Man; Nov. 19, Soldier Blue; Dec. 3, Crazy Horse; Dec. 10, Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy.

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