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IU hosts powwow, film screening, other events for Native American Heritage Month

Nov. 5, 2014

Several events are planned at IU as part of Native American Heritage Month, including a free screening at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 of the 1983 film "Running Brave" at the IU Cinema on the Bloomington campus.

Following the movie, there will be a Q&A with the subject of the movie, Billy Mills, and the actor-director who portrayed him, IU professor Robby Benson. 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Tokyo Olympics, when Mills won the gold medal in the 10,000-meter run.

His foundation, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, helps Native American young people tackle complex challenges that stem from years of oppression and poverty.

Other Native American Heritage Month events include:

  • A talk by Christina Snyder, associate professor of history and American studies at IU, at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 6 at the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, 712 E. Eighth St., Bloomington.
  • The film "Wind Talkers" will screen at noon Nov. 6 in Taylor Hall, Room 115, on the IUPUI campus.
  • A field trip at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 to the Eiteljorg Museum of Native American Heritage and History, free with your Jagtag. Meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Center.
  • Native American Beading Workshop with Master Artisan Marilyn Cleveland, a Cherokee and White Mountain Apache, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 8, also at the cultural center. Registration is required for this workshop; contact or 812-855-4814.
  • Cherokee Basketry Weaving Workshop with John W. Johnson, IU associate professor emeritus of folklore and a member of the Cherokee nation, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10, also at the cultural center. Registration is required; contact or 812-855-4814.
  • A talk at noon Nov. 14 in Taylor Hall, Room 115, by ethnobotanist Dani Tippman, a member of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma, who will share her knowledge of the plants used by North American native peoples for medicine, food, dye and other things.
  • A visit by multi-instrumental musical performer Ed Kabotie, a member of the Hopi nation from Santa Clara Pueblo, N.M. He is a drummer with hip-hop band Summit Dub Squad, and a guitarist with the "Nu-Native" band Twin Rivers and another band, Los Coyotes. He will speak at noon Nov. 13 at the cultural center; lecture at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington; and give a free concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Bloomington campus.
  • A conversation about Simon Ortiz's book, "From Sand Creek" from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Graf Center at IU East. The event is sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, and a professor will discuss the value of the text for its focus on previously ignored Native American history.
  • A conversation at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 in Campus Center Room 450 about contemporary native activism, sponsored by the IUPUI Native American Student Alliance.

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