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UW-Eau Claire to Celebrate American Indian Awareness Month

RELEASED: March 27, 2006

Art illustration by UW-Eau Claire student
This illustration was created for American Indian Awareness Month by UW-Eau Claire student Michael Ojibway.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will celebrate American Indian Awareness Month in April by hosting activities throughout the month. All events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted.

Activities include:

  • Opening Reception. The opening reception will kick off American Indian Awareness Month. This year's theme is Honoring Education. Indian tacos will be served during the reception. April 3, 4-6:30 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
  • Native Roots is an intergenerational theatre troupe from Waaswaaganing (Lac du Flambeau). Members will share stories of the past and their impressions of today. They also will talk about what it means to be Anishinaabe today. Native Roots has performed throughout the United States and will tour in Africa and China. April 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
  • "History of Boarding School Education: A Local Perspective” will be presented by the Native American Student Association. April 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
  • "Plan 2008: Theory and Practice" will be presented by Barbara Blackdeer-Mackenzie, Ho-Chunk Nation executive director of education. A UW-Eau Claire alumna, she received the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. April 6, 1-2:30 p.m., Menominee/Ojibwa Room, Davies Center.
  • "Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and Tribal Natural Resource Protection" will be presented by Jim St. Arnold (Nigaanigiizhik). A member of the Wolf Clan from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Michigan, he was a tribal council member for seven years and tribal chairman for one year. A Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission program director, he lectures on Ojibwe culture, treaty rights and resource management. April 8, 3-4:30 p.m., Wisconsin Room, Davies Center.
  • American Indian Studies capstone projects presentations. Dr. Lawrence Martin, American Indian Studies director, will introduce student presenters. April 24, noon-1 p.m., Potawatomi Room, Davies Center.
  • "Dances and Feast of the Zuni Year." Alex and Ken Seowtewa from Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico have worked on a monumental mural at Zuni that depicts traditional kachinas (sacred figures central to Zuni cultural life). They travel throughout the United States and world to give illustrated lectures about the project. They will discuss the mural, Zuni history and other traditional Zuni art forms. April 26, noon-1 p.m., Potawatomi Room, Davies Center.
  • "Enduring Images: American Indians in the Popular Imagination" will be presented by UW-Eau Claire alumni JP Leary and Adrienne Thunder. The talk will focus on how American Indians are falsely represented in the American educational system and in popular culture, and the educational implications of the false images and how they effect interactions between Indian and non-Indian communities. April 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room 106, Campus School.
  • The Native American Student Association taco sale. April 28, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Veranda, Davies Center.
  • "American Team Mascots and Stereotypes" will be presented by Carl Allsup, a UW-Platteville professor of ethnic studies. April 28, noon-1 p.m. Room 223, Hibbard Hall.
  • "Art and Tradition on Zuni Pueblo" will be presented by Alex and Ken Seowtewa. April 28, 6-7:30 p.m., Schofield Auditorium.
  • "The 2006 Honoring Education Pow-Wow." Sonny Smart will serve as the master of ceremonies. Admission (including the feast) is $5 or free for children under age 5 and seniors over age 55. April 29, Zorn Arena. Doors open at 11 a.m., the grand entries will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the feast is at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Odawa White, Office of Multicultural Affairs, at (715) 836-5840 or whiteol@uwec.edu; or Dr. Lawrence T. Martin, program director, American Indian Studies, at (715) 836-6045 or martinlt@uwec.edu.

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JB

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