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Painting: Grandmother Moon

47th Annual Conference of the North American Indian Women's Association

June 21–23, 2017
NAIWA is a non-profit educational and service association that seeks to promote intertribal-communications, betterment of home, family life and community, betterment of health and education, awareness of Indian cultures, and fellowship among North American Indian people. The 2017 conference theme is “Resilience: Keeping our Cultural Beliefs Alive." The program includes lectures, a film screening, workshops and other activities for NAIWA members. NAIWA members will return to campus in the fall to discuss their regional and national initiatives in a public setting.​


Event Archive

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  • Spring 2017
  • Fall 2016
  • Spring 2016
    Peter B. Jones: The Life of an Onondaga Potter
    February 10, 2016 12–1 p.m.
    ALANA Cultural Center - Multipurpose Room

    Brown Bag Lunch - catered by Royal India Grill. Peter B. Jones is a highly accomplished and talented artist who, during his long career, has created pottery and ceramic sculpture that is sought after by museums and collectors worldwide. The artist will demonstrate traditional pottery methods and discuss the revival of pottery among the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people.

    "A Life in Clay"
    February 10, 2016 2:45–4 p.m.
    111 Alumni Hall

    Onondaga Native Peter B. Jones will present a lecture titled, "A Life in Clay."

    "Laughing Buffalo in Paris: from Family Memory to Collective Memory and Back Again"
    Tuesday, March 8, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    105 Lawrence Hall The Robert Ho Lecture Room

    Division of the Arts and Humanities Colloquium: Scott Sandage, Associate Professor of Department of History and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Carnegie Mellon University. Co-sponsored by Department of History. Refreshments provided 4:00-4:15 PM. Lecture begins at 4:15 PM. All are welcome.

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    "Documenting the Ojibwe Language:  Preservation for Revitalization"
    Native American Studies and Linguistics Programs present John D. Nichols, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota and Editor, Ojibwe People's Dictionary will give a public lecture on preserving Ojibwe Language.

    April 4, 2016; 4:15 p.m.
    27 Persson Hall
  • Fall 2015
    September 14 – November 13, 2105, Case-Geyer Library
    Photo Exhibition: Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape
    Ken Tape

    University of Alaska
    Description: Climate warming during the 20th century has changed the arctic landscape, from its shrinking glaciers and thawing frozen soils to its shrubbier vegetation and novel wildlife. A truly interdisciplinary scholar and scientist, Ken Tape documents the ecological and geographical impacts of climate change on the Alaskan wilderness, which will be displayed at Colgate University.
    Sponsors: Native American Studies, Environmental Studies, Colgate Arts Council, Library (providing space)


    Friday, September 18, 2015, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Center for Women’s Studies
    Lecture: “Geographies of Difference: Cautionary Tale from Transnational Feminist Travels”
    Dr. Maylei Blackwell

    Associate Professor in Chicana and Chicano Studies and Gender Studies and affiliated faculty in LGBT Studies and American Indian Studies, University of California -Los Angeles
    Description: Dr. Maylei Blackwell’s transnational feminist analytics is based on accompanying indigenous women’s organizers in Mexico, feminist movements and sexual rights activists throughout Latin America, and farm worker women’s organizing and indigenous migrant activism in Oaxacalifornia. She is the author of ¡Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement.
    Sponsors: Native American Studies, Center for Women’s Studies, Latin American Studies, CORE Communities and Identities, LGBTQ Initiatives


    Thursday, September 24, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Golden Auditorium, Little Hall
    Lecture: “The Changing Arctic Landscape: Glaciers, Vegetation, Permafrost, and Wildlife”
    Ken Tape

    University of Alaska
    Description: Climate warming during the 20th century has changed the arctic landscape, from its shrinking glaciers and thawing frozen soils to its shrubbier vegetation and novel wildlife. A truly interdisciplinary scholar and scientist, Ken Tape documents the ecological and geographical impacts of climate change on the Alaskan wilderness. Tape will visit Colgate to speak about his art, science and commitment to communicating the significance of climate induced-environmental change in the Arctic, using repeat photography and other historical records from Northern Alaska to demonstrate the rate and nature of these changes.
    Sponsors: Native American Studies, Environmental Studies


    Friday, September 25, 2015, 12:20-1:10p.m., Batza Room in Case-Geyer Library
    Photo Exhibition: Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape
    Ken Tape

    University of Alaska
    Description: Environmental Studies Brown Bag Lecture by Ken Tape
    Sponsors: Native American Studies, Environmental Studies


    Saturday, October 17, 2015, 2:00p.m., Brehmer Theater
    Performance: Ayazamana Music and Dance of Ecuador
    Ayazamana

    Description: Ayazamana, whose name in the Kichwa language means “Peaceful Rest of the Soul,”performs colorful and energetic folkloric dances from various regions of Ecuador. The dance performances include authentic indigenous music and dress from Ecuador, a multiethnic and multicultural nation. The large repertoire of dances is enhanced by many stunning changes of wardrobe, including masquerades and outfits inspired by both urban and rural settings. A narrator explains each dance.
    Sponsors: Native American Student Association, Native American Studies, University Theater (providing space and equipment)


    Monday, October 19, 2015, 4:15p.m., 105 Lawrence
    Lecture: "Indian Dances and the Settler Secular: Making Religion on the Reservation"
    Tisa Wenge
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    Yale University Divinity School
    Description: Professor Wenger speaks on Native American practices and the politics of religious freedom in the US. Her lecture will explore themes addressed in her 2009 book, We Have a Religion: The 1920s Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and American Religious Freedom, which showed how dominant conceptions of religion and religious freedom affected the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico as they sought to protect their religious ceremonies from government suppression. Ms. Wenger will also visit Prof. Reinbold’s classes.
    Sponsors: Native American Studies, Religion Department


    November 5, 2015, 1:20p.m., Ho Tung Vis Lab
    Lecture: “Bookmaking, Science and Statecraft: The Archaeology of an Maya Institution at Xultun, Guatemala”
    Franco Rossi

    Archaeology Department, Boston University
    Description: Maya specialist Franco Rossi lectured on a mural at the Maya site of Xultun, Guatemala, discussing the material evidence related to its unusual scientific inscriptions, which are strikingly similar to those found in the few known Maya codices. Using the archaeology of this mural and its surrounding architectural complex as a window into earlier book traditions, he explored the agents who generated, managed and taught Maya sciences, incorporating such knowledge into the workings of society and state. Rossi and Anthony Aveni published a paper on the earliest Maya eclipse inscriptions in SCIENCE magazine in 2012.
    Sponsor: Native American Studies


    Thursday, November 5, 2015, ALANA Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
    Lecture/Demonstration: “Lacrosse: The Creator’s Game”
    Alf Jacques

    Onondaga
    Description: Onondaga lacrosse stick maker, hall of fame player, and educator Alfred Jacques discusses the cultural significance of lacrosse for the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people. Alf, a master craftsman of lacrosse sticks, demonstrates his craft and his creations, while explaining the history of stick ball games among Native peoples of the Eastern Woodlands and Great Lakes areas. Brown bag lecture, lunch provided.
    Sponsors: Native American Student Association, Native American Studies


    Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m., ALANA Cultural Center, Kitchen and Seminar Room
    Lecture/Food Preparation Demonstration: “Healthy Traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Foods”
    Ron Patterson

    Oneida Nation
    Description: Ron Patterson, an Oneida Nation member and the Cultural Programs Coordinator at the Shako:wi Cultural Center, will demonstrate and discuss the preparation of corn mush, corn wheels, and strawberry drink, while commenting on the cultural significance and healthful features of Haudenosaunee traditional foods.
    Sponsors: Native American Student Association, Native American Studies, Shako:wi Cultural Center of the Oneida Indian Nation, ALANA Cultural Center (providing space and equipment)


    Week of November 16, 2015
    Campus Visit: Simon Forrest, Associate Professor and Nyoongar Elder-in-Residence, Curtin University

    Description:
    1) Tuesday, November 17th, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, ALANA Cultural Center
    Meeting with NAST faculty, discuss comparative Native American and Aboriginal Studies programs in higher education. Followed by dinner and continuation of the conversation.
    2) Wednesday, November 18th, 11:30-1:15, Visualization Lab, Ho Sciences (lunch provided) “Gnalang Boodjar. Gnalang Nyitting: Our Land. Our Truths”
    Environmental Studies Brown Bag Seminar Series
    3) Thursday, November 19th, 4:30-6:00,101 Ho Sciences
    “Carrolup goolanga wirn korl koolark Nyoongar boodjar (The spirit of the children of Carrrolup have returned home to Nyoongar country): Repatriated artwork and our Responsibilities”
    Sponsors: Native American Studies, Environmental Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Geography Department


    Thursday, November 19, 2015, 11:30-1:00, ALANA Cultural Center, MPR
    Lecture: “Contemporary Issues among the Haudenosaunee and Onondaga Nation”
    Wendy Gonyea

    Onondaga Nation Clanmother
    Tony Gonyea
    Onondaga Nation Longhouse Faithkeeper
    Description: “Brown bag” (lunch provided) lecture
    Sponsor: Native American Studies
  • Spring 2015
    Native American Studies Info Session
    February 24, 12:15–1:00 p.m.
    ALANA Cultural Center - Multipurpose Room

    Native American Studies information session for potential majors or minors, as well as discussion about Santa Fe Study Trip in Fall 2015. Royal India Grill will be served.

    Weaving Identities: Native American Baskets in the Longyear Museum Collection
    November 13–March 12
    Longyear Museum, Alumni Hall

    An exhibition of baskets including vintage and contemporary examples in a variety of techniques as well as materials that are local to each cultural region.
  • Fall 2014
    Peter B. Jones
    Public Lecture - Fifty Years in Clay
    September 11, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
    Persson Auditorium

    Exhibition Reception - Peter B. Jones: Fifty Years in Clay
    September 11, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
    Longyear Museum of Anthropology
    Details

    Dr. David Carrasco
    Public Lecture - Latino Springtime: Deep Heritage Disruptions, and Choices of Hope
    September 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    Love Auditorium, Olin Hall

    Native American Arts & Culture Festival
    October 18, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sanford Field House
    Press Release
    Details
    Schedule

    Nicole Fabricant
    Public Lecture - Food and Native Politics in Bolivia
    October 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    Persson Auditorium

    Exhibition Reception: Weaving Identities: Native American Baskets in the Longyear Museum Collections
    November 13, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
    Longyear Museum of Anthropology
    Details

    Stones and Star Symposium
    December 1, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
    Ho Tung Visualization Lab, 401 Ho Science Center
    Details
  • Spring 2014
    Dr. Mari Lyn Salvador
    Public Lecture - "The Art of Being Kuna: Layers of Meaning Among the Kuna of Panama
    April 7, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
    Persson Auditorium

    Opening Reception - Layered Meanings: Kuna Indian Mola Textiles from Panama
    April 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
    Longyear Museum
    Details (PDF)

    Joanna Radin
    Public Lecture - "Off the Rez: How Indigenous Bodies Became 'Big Data'"
    March 13, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
    101 Ho Science Center
    Details (PDF)

    Orlando White
    Poetry Writing Workshop
    March 12, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
    ALANA Lounge

    Poetry Reading - "To See Letters"
    March 11, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
    Persson Auditorium
    Details (PDF)

    Dennis Banks
    Public Lecture - "State of the Affairs of Indian Country"
    March 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    101 Ho Science Center
    Details (PDF)

    Scatter Their Own
    "Oppression and the Struggle for Identity"
    February 20, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
    ALANA Lounge
    Details (PDF)

    Susan Burch

    Public Lecture - "Discovered Pasts: Revisiting the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians, 1902 - 1934"
    February 6, 2014, 4:15 p.m.
    207 Lathrop Hall
    Details (PDF)
  • Fall 2013
    Native American Student Association Presents:
    Brown Bag - "The True Story of Thanksgiving"
    November 21, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
    110 Alumni Hall
    Details

    Ed Cavanagh
    Public Lecture - "How Companies Got Their Land and Natives Lost It:
    The Corporate Foundations of Settler Colonialism in the USA and South Africa"
    November 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
    Persson Auditorium, Persson Hall
    Details

    John Trudell
    Public Lecture - "Intelligence as Alternative Energy"
    November 7, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
    Golden Auditorium, Little Hall

    Film Screening, "Trudell" the Documentary
    November 8, 2013, 5 p.m.
    Golden Auditorium, Little Hall
    Details (PDF)

    Pottery of the Native American Southwest
    ARTS/ANTH 250 Class Exhibition
    Catered reception during Family Weekend
    October 26, 2013, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    111 Alumni Hall
    Details (PDF)

    John MacDonald
    Public Lecture - "Inuit Astronomy: More Than Meets The Eye"
    October 23, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
    Ho Tung Vis Lab
    Details (PDF)

    Native American Arts and Culture Festival
    October 19, 2013 9:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    Sanford Field House
    Details (PDF)

    Leah Shenandoah 
    Exhibition:  O'whahsa' - Protection, Comfort, Healing
    September 2 to November 1, 2013
    Longyear Museum, Alumni Hall, 2nd floor

    Reception: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    Longyear Museum, Alumni Hall, 2nd floor
    Details (PDF)

    Jack Rossen
    Public Lecture - "Longhouse, Cookhouse, Smoking Pipes, Eclipse:  
    Archaeology of the Cauyga Heartland and the Origins of Confederacy"
    September 18, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
    Ho Tung Vis Lab
    Details (PDF)
  • Spring 2013
    Sunny Dooley - Navajo Storyteller
    April 18, 2013, 4:15 p.m.
    ALANA Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
    Details

    Brown Bag:  Working with the Oglala Lakota Nation
    Presented by Project PEACE and Native American Studies Program
    April 11, 2013, 12:20 p.m.
    COVE Lounge, 109 Lathrop Hall
  • Fall 2012
    "Local Legacies: A Look at the Material Culture of Indigenous Peoples in the Hamilton, NY Area"
    November 29, 2012, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    Hamilton Public Library, 13 Broad St.
    Details

    Haudenosanuee (Iroquois) Art
    Saturday, October 27, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    Exhibition in Alumni 111 with a catered reception
    Details

    The Return of Navajo Boy Film
    Friday, October 26, 7:00 p.m. 
    Golden Auditorium, Little Hall
    Details

    Jeff Spitz, "The Return of Navajo Boy: Its Environmental Impact"
    Friday, October 26, 12:15 p.m.
    ALANA Cultural Center
    Details

    Mary Begay, "Navajo Lives" Lecture
    Thursday, October 25, 4:30 p.m.
    Persson Hall Auditorium
    Details

    Native American Arts & Culture Festival
    Saturday, September 22, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Sanford Field House
    Details and further information

    Joanne Shenandoah, "Music as Healing"  Workshop and Presentation
    Thursday, September 20, 4:30 p.m.
    ALANA Cultural Center
    Details

    Christopher Vecsey, "Native Footsteps Along the Path of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha" Humanities Colloquium Lecture
    Tuesday, September 18, 4:30 p.m.
    Lawrence 105

    Skywoman: Haudenosaunee Art and the Creation of a New World
    Exhibition Opening Reception
    Thursday, September 13, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
    Longyear Museum of Anthropology Gallery
    Second Floor, Alumni Hall
    Details

    Dr. Laurie Rush, "Protecting Archaeology in Crisis Areas"
    Wednesday, September 12, 4:00 p.m. 
    ALANA Cultural Center
    Details