WSU celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Numerous events — from dances and dinners to book readings and workshops — will be taking place across the WSU system in the weeks to come in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

Events celebrating Native American Heritage Month kicked off last week with readings by Beth Piatote, an associate professor at the University of California – Berkeley whose research focus is Native American and Indigenous literature. Nov. 4 saw the First Friday Feed of the Month at the Native American Student Center. The following day, Native American student groups hosted the annual round dance social and dinner at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center.

On Wednesday, the Native American Women’s Association and the Native American Student Organization Ku-ah-mah are hosting a talking circle from 5-6 p.m. at the Native American Student Graduate Center.

Several other events on the Pullman campus are planned for this month:

  • Nov. 12 Native American Heritage Month Football game at Martin Stadium / Gesa Field
  • Nov. 14 Nimiipuu Scholars Panel 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Zoom
  • Nov. 16 Rock Your Mocs! Group photo at noon at the Native American Student Center #RockYourMocs2022
  • Nov. 28 The Original Storytellers Native American Film Festival from 1-3 p.m. via Zoom, hosted by the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Nov. 29 “Camas: Sacred Food of the Nez Perce” documentary at 7 p.m. at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
  • Nov. 30 Last Feast Social 5-6:40 p.m. Spark G0045

For more information on events, including Zoom links, visit the Native American Programs website. The website will also be updated with WSU Native American Health Sciences and WSU Vancouver events.

Several events are also scheduled for the WSU Spokane campus:

  • Nov. 8 Open House: Center for Native American Health from 3-5 p.m. at HERB 202, with tours of the facility and samples of indigenous food
  • Nov. 15 Indigenous Medicine Workshop from 2-4 p.m. at HERB 202, where attendees will be able to make bitter or bear root and lemon honey cough drops.
  • Nov. 17 Movie Night: “Bring Her Home,” a documentary about murdered and missing indigenous women from 4-6 p.m. inside HERB 432. Attendees will also hear from guest speaker Margo Hill, an associate professor from Eastern Washington University.
  • Nov. 22 Indigenous Foods Workshop from 2-4 p.m. at HERB 202, where visitors will have the chance to make wild rice meatballs.

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