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First Nations Traveling Institute to host play and workshops Oct. 26

RELEASED: Oct. 19, 2010

DeLanna Studi photo
Cherokee Actress DeLanna Studi, 2003 winner of the "Best Supporting Actress" award at the 28th Annual American Indian Film Institute Festival, stars in "KICK," a one-act, one-actor play to be performed and discussed Oct. 26 at UW-Eau Claire..

EAU CLAIRE — The First Nations Traveling Institute will host a play and workshops from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Davies Theatre and in Room 2023 of McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The three-part workshop series is about the history, culture, tribal sovereignty and educational practices that foster high-quality teaching and learning about federally recognized tribes and bands in Wisconsin.

All activities are free and open to the public, as well as students, faculty and staff.

Registration is required for some events, as noted below:

  • 9-9:30 a.m., Davies Theatre opening remarks.
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m., Davies Theatre "KICK" and play discussion. "KICK" is a one-act, one-actor play written by Peter Howard and starring award-winning Cherokee actor DeLanna Studi. "KICK" uses multiple perspectives to explore the implications of educational intuitions' use of "Indian" mascots, logos and nicknames. After the performance, the audience will discuss themes in the play, followed by a joint discussion with the actor. Registration is not required.
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon lunch break.
  • 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. McIntyre Library 2023, "Act 31 in 3D." During this workshop, titled "Considerations for Designing and Implementing American Indian Studies Curriculum," participants will connect history, curriculum policy and education to help foster high-quality teaching and learning. Registration is required. If interested, e-mail Maria Bergevin at bergevmk@uwec.edu by Oct. 22.
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m., McIntyre Library 2023, "Selecting Appropriate Instructional Resources about First Nations People and Cultures." This is a hands-on, interactive session that builds participants' skills related to choosing appropriate materials for libraries and classrooms, finding bias and stereotyping in potential resources and integrating First Nations studies into curriculum. The First Nations Traveling Resource Center brings an array of books and instructional media, sample lesson plans, bibliographies and other tools to help educators make good choices regarding instructional materials. Registration is required. If interested, e-mail Maria Bergevin at bergevmk@uwec.edu by Oct. 22.

The events are sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's department of education studies, with generous support from UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences, Affirmative Action office, Office of Multicultural Affairs, departments of kinesiology and special education, and American Indian studies program.

DeLanna Studi in KICK
Actress DeLanna Studi performing in "KICK," a play that explores the implications of Native American mascots.

The First Nations Traveling Institute is a collaborative partnership of the First Nations Traveling Resource Center, Encompass Inc. and the American Indian Studies Program of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The First Nations Traveling Resource Center, a project of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association, provides access to quality educational materials and professional development opportunities that build knowledge and skills related to effective teaching about American Indians. The project is staffed by Native and non-Native educational professionals and volunteers with experience and interest in the best education for children.

For more information about the events and sessions, contact Incho Lee, education studies, at leei@uwec.edu or 715-836-3100.

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