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Cultural Events Scheduled for American Indian Studies Celebration
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MAILED: Feb. 28, 1997

EAU CLAIRE -- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will celebrate the American Indian Studies program March 6-9 with several special cultural events.

The celebration will kick off at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6, with an opening of the American Indian Studies exhibit in the Grand Corridor of the McIntyre Library. Speakers will be Dr. Debra Barker, co-director of the American Studies Program, and Carl Haywood, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Gordon Thunder, Ho Chunk Elder, will deliver the invocation, and "Spirit Bird," a LCO drum group, will perform.

The Title IX Feast, for invited guests and artists, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. The Veda Stone Commemorative Indian Arts Festival will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Foster Gallery of the Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire. The exhibit will include artwork by eight celebrated Indian artists and student art from the Sinte Gleska University in Rosebud, S.D.

At 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the Foster Gallery of the Fine Arts Center, artist Roger Broer, Oglala Lakota, will speak about spirituality related to his art. The 8 p.m. lecture is open to the public.

Communiversity "Spirituality and Native American Art" will begin at noon on Sunday, March 9. John "Little Bird" Anderson, an Ojibwa Tribal Elder, will deliver the key note address at 1 p.m. Sunday. Featured artists include: two Rosebud Lakota elders from Sinte Gleska University will talk about Lakota art, its spiritual influence and the role art plays in Lakota life; Roger Broer will present workshop sessions on Monoprints; Bernadine Tallmadge and her daughter Roxanne Johnson, who will demonstrate traditional Ho-Chunk appliqué; Diane Defoe, Ojibwa, who has been creating birchbark design Ojibwa baskets and other traditional and contemporary birchbark creations for the past 18 years; and Dennis White, Lac Courte Oreille Ojibwa, and Cleora A. White, of the White Earth Ojibwa, who will lead the session on Dance Regalia.

A reception will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Communiversity is designed for people of all ages and families are encouraged to attend. The registration fee is $29 and covers instruction, materials and reception. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by March 5.

For additional information about the American Indian Studies events, contact the Arts and Sciences Continuing Education office at (715) 836-2031.


UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: April 24, 1997