BGSU marks Native American Heritage Month
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Bowling Green State University will offer a glimpse into contemporary Native Americans' lives with a series of programs Friday (Nov. 12). The event is organized by BGSU’s Native American Unity Council.
The day’s events begin with a drum performance at noon in the Student Union Multi-purpose Room, 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, and end at 9 p.m. with another drum performance.
Native American drumming will be heard throughout the afternoon, played by O'Deland, a four-man Anishenabek drum group from Grand Rapids, Mich. In preparation, a drum blessing will be held before the first performance.
The rest of the program is as follows:
12:30-1:15 p.m. - Rivercane Mat-making demonstration by Robin McBride Scott, one of the last practitioners of the style of mat-making common to this region.
1:15-2 p.m. -– Porcupine quillwork demonstrations by Bonita Nelson
2-3 p.m. – Performance and poetry by Qwo-Li Driskill, a Cherokee “two spirit” and Texas A&M faculty member
3-4:30 p.m. - Anishenabek drumming by O'Deland
3:30-4:15 p.m. - Rivercane Mats with Robin McBride Scott
4:15-5 p.m. - Porcupine quillwork demonstrations by Bonita Nelson
5-6 p.m. - Performance and poetry by Qwo-Li Driskill
6-7 p.m. – “Native Americans and U.S. Education,” with Dr. Christopher Frey, education faculty member and former teacher on Navajo Reservation
7-8 p.m.- Sand painting and hoop-dance performance by Dennis Rodgers
8-9 p.m. - Anishenabek drumming by O'Deland
For more information, contact Bonnie Blankinship, Marketing and Communications, at 419-372-2618, or Audrey Swartz, Native American Unity Council, at 517-862-9479.
(Posted November 11, 2010 )