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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Native American Awareness Week
Activities Planned at UW-Eau Claire
phone (715) 836-4741
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MAILED: April 15, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Native American Awareness week will be celebrated at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire April 18-24.
The week's activities begin at 2 p.m. April 18 with a seminar on maple sugar gathering. The lecture, hosted by Marcus Guthrie of the George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwa Museum and Cultural Center in Lac du Flambeau, will be held in room 100 of Schneider Hall.
At noon on April 19, Ho-Chunk nation member Lance Long will discuss Ho-Chunk history and culture during a brown bag luncheon in the Davies Center's Arrowhead Room. An opening ceremony for the awareness week will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the lobby of the McIntyre Library.
Elena Ortiz, a visiting minority scholar from San Jaun Pueblo, N.M., will present a brown bag luncheon lecture titled "The Marketing of American Indian Religion: A Pueblo Perspective on Cultural Appropriation." The presentation will begin at noon April 20 in Davies Theatre.
At noon on April 21, Ortiz will present an Indian produced documentary titled "Surviving Columbus" in the Davies Center's Winnebago Room. At 2:30 p.m., Jim St. Arnold, of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, will present a lecture on tribal preservation, tribal reclamation and tribal natural resource programs in Davies Center's Winnebago Room.
Also on Wednesday, John Anderson, a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation and American Indian Studies coordinator for Mt. Scenario College, will host an Ojibwa ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Davies Center Winnebago Room.
On April 22, Dr. Donna Hightower Langston, a professor of women's studies at Minnesota State University-Mankato, and Ben Benson, of the American Indian Affairs office, will host a seminar titled "American Indian Women's Activism," at noon in the Winnebago Room of Davies Center.
Also on Thursday, Ortiz will host a forum on American Indians in film at 5:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre. The opening of the movie "Smoke Signals" will follow the forum. The film will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. through April 25.
On April 23, American Indian students will visit the campus and a frybread taco sale will be held in the Davies Center veranda from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The annual traditional powwow will be held from noon to 11 p.m. April 24 in Zorn Arena. The Grand Entry is slated for 1 and 7 p.m., with a feast scheduled at 5 p.m.
Tickets for the powwow, which is open to the public, are $3. Those over the age of 60 can get in free. Group discounts are available by calling Marge Hebbring at (715) 836-3367.
Throughout the week, a historical preservation project to collect, document and preserve photographs of people from the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation will be on display in the main lobby and second floor of the library. The project, titled "Anishenabe Masinitchiganug: Ojibwa Indian Images," is the result of a student and faculty collaboration grant.
For information on any of the Native American Awareness Week activities, contact Marge Hebbring at (715) 836-3367 or email her at


UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

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

Updated: April 15, 1999