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.

                         

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(Posted November 11, 2010 )