Notre Dame to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

by Monika Spalinski

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November is Native American Heritage Month, and in celebration, the University of Notre Dame will host several events.

Sacramento Knoxx, an Ojibwe and Anishinaabe and Xicano mix media artist and cultural activist, will perform some of his work and give a community talk in the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture at 1045 W. Washington St., South Bend, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 5). Authentic Native American food will be served at the talk, which is free and open to the public.

As part of the Multicultural Student Programs and Services First Fridays series, Knoxx will give a public presentation at 4 p.m. Friday (Nov. 6) in the Multicultural Student Programs and Services office in Room 210, LaFortune Student Center.

Knoxx will also speak at a Native American Student Association of Notre Dame (NASAND) dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Coalition Lounge, 207 LaFortune Student Center. The event is open to all students and faculty.

From 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 (Tuesday), NASAND is hosting a Native American crafts event, featuring lessons on how to make dream catchers and other traditional Native American adornments, while also teaching the meaning behind them. The event is free and open to the public, and it will take place in the Notre Dame Room in the LaFortune Student Center.

Dylan Miner, American Indian studies program director and adjunct curator of indigenous art at Michigan State University, will visit the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 (Wednesday) to showcase some of his work and to talk about Native American art and heritage. The talk, titled “Indians Walk in Two Different Worlds,” is free and open to the public.

Marcus Winchester, Native American historian and interim director of language and culture for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, will be the featured guest lecturer at a Native Heritage Dinner sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services and NASAND at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 (Monday) at Legends restaurant. The dinner will feature a Native American-inspired menu and is free and open to all students and faculty. A limited amount of seats are available, so tickets are required. For tickets, visit msps.nd.edu/events/2015/11/16/37816-native-american-heritage-celebration.

The Native American Student Association of Notre Dame will have a bonfire on St. Joseph’s Hill at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 (Friday). There will be s’mores and poetry readings. The event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.