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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

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
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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
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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 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.
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
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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