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American Indian Heritage Month Celebrated
with Various Events at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 25, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will celebrate American Indian Awareness Month in November with a variety of activities. Most events are sponsored by the Native American Student Association of UW-Eau Claire in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and American Indian Studies. All events are free unless otherwise stated.

  • Nov. 1 - Crystal Norcross — 3:30-4 p.m. Meet and Greet; 4-5 p.m. Hoop Dancing Demonstration, Schofield Auditorium
    Norcross is a member of the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Nation and has traveled around the United States telling her story through a special 21-ring Hoop Dance.
  • Nov. 4 - International Folk Fair, noon-4 p.m., Badger Room, Davies Center
    NASA will host a Pow-Wow themed room with fry bread tacos available for purchase. The UW-Eau Claire Dance Troupe also will perform along with the Lac Courte Oreilles Badger Singers from 3-4 p.m. in Davies Theater.
  • Nov. 7 - Tom Jones, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Davies Theatre
    Born into the Ho Chunk Indian community, Jones has worked closely with his tribe to portray them from the inside out, as opposed to the traditional view of the outsider looking in. He demonstrates some of the tribe's adaptations to the "white" culture of mainstream America in his work. By doing so, he hopes to give "a name and face to the individuals and their way of life in our own time" instead of simply depicting the "beads and feathers" manner in which many photographers choose to depict Indian communities. Jones is an assistant professor of photography at UW-Madison and will discuss contemporary influence on Native Culture.
  • Nov. 7 - Jerry Hawpetoss, 7:15-8 p.m., Davies Theatre
    As a Menominee traditional artist from Neopit, on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, Hawpetoss has received a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment of the Arts; was a presenter at the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian; and continues to teach "Great Lakes Native American Material Culture" on the Menominee and Potawatomi Reservations. Hawpetoss also is a master of beadwork, featherwork, and the making of all parts of the traditional Menominee dance regalia, including roach headdresses and dance bustles.
  • Nov. 11 - LCO Veterans Day Pow-Wow in Hayward, Depart 11 a.m. from Kjer Theatre, 6 p.m. return to Eau Claire
    The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the American Indian Studies program is sponsoring a bus trip to the Lac Courte Oreilles annual Veteran's Day Pow-Wow. Sign up in the AIS Office (HHH 150). There is a $5 charge per person to take the bus.
  • Nov. 15 - Youth Dance Troupe Demonstration, 3-4 p.m., Schofield Auditorium
    The Three Affiliated Tribes Youth Dance Troupe represents the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota and recently performed for First Lady Laura Bush. The dancers range in age from ten to eighteen and showcase six styles of Plains Pow-Wow Dancing: Men's Fancy Bustle, Men's Grass, Men's Traditional, Women's Fancy Shawl, Women's Jingle and Women's Traditional. The Chippewa Valley Technical College Diversity Student Organization is sponsoring this event.
  • Nov. 15 - Dr. Lanny Real Bird, 4-5 p.m., Schofield Auditorium
    Real Bird, faculty at Little Big Horn Tribal College in Crow Agency, Mont., once directed its Learning Lodge Institute. Real Bird's efforts have guided the Crow language and culture renaissance and the language and culture renaissance of a variety of other tribal nations.
  • Nov. 19 - George Perry, 4-5 p.m., Schofield Auditorium
    Perry is a self-taught Ojibwe artist/painter who enjoys painting nature and Native American arts. His artwork is a combination of airbrush and hand painting. He was born and raised on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation and has always been interested in art. Perry has designed various murals, including those at the Grindstone Creek Casino, the Lac Courte Oreilles Casino and at the Ashland Visitor Center. He is also the designer of the federally recognized Lac Courte Oreilles tribal flag.
  • Nov. 28 - Larry Yazzie, Fancy Dancer — Artist Series
    6 p.m. Fry Bread Sale, Willow Lounge, Davies Center; 7:30 p.m. performance, Schofield Auditorium
    Raised on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in Central Iowa, Yazzie (Meskwaki/Dine) began dancing at the age of seven. Throughout his childhood, he was instructed in the traditions of the Meskwaki people, including the flamboyant and energetic fancy dance and the northern Plains style of singing. Yazzie won the World Championship for the Northern Style Fancy Dance in 1995 and is now a recognized lecturer, educator and performer who has shared his culture throughout North America, South America, Europe and Australia. This event is sponsored by University Activities and Programs. Tickets and price information are available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727.

For more information on American Indian Heritage Month, contact Odawa White, 715-836-5840 or whiteol@uwec.edu, the American Indian Studies program at 715-836-6045, or visit the Native American Student Association Web site. Events are also listed in the university Calendar of events.

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