November is National Native American Heritage Month and Clemson University has several events scheduled.
According to the National Congress of American Indians, the month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and acknowledge the important contributions of native people. Heritage Month is also an opportunity to educate the general public about tribes, raise general awareness about the unique challenges experienced by native people and how tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.
“Through the work of our amazing planning committee, we have been able to invite individuals, such as artist Esteban Cabeza de Baca, storyteller Freeman Owle and the leaders of the Nikwasi Initiative; Elaine Eisenbraun, Juanita Wilson and Barbara McRae, to present during the month,” said Larissa Jenkins, a second-year graduate student in the Counselor Education M.Ed. program from Clemmons, North Carolina, and chair of Clemson’s observance.
“I hope that we can share new knowledge with the Clemson community, and engage students, faculty, staff and community members in this important work of acknowledging history and continuing to support indigenous individuals.”
Jenkins said one of the highlights of this year’s observance will be a talk by three leaders of the Nikwasi Initiative, a bridge-building project that works with communities to recognize, preserve and interpret the culture and heritage of people and places on the landscape that was traditionally the Cherokee homeland, including the land upon which Clemson University now stands.
Elaine Eisenbraun, Juanita Wilson and Barbara McRae: Learning about and Learning from the Nikwasi Initiative
Thursday, November 5
7-8 p.m. Zoom Link
Engage with Elaine Eisenbraun, Juanita Wilson and Barbara McRae as they present their work regarding the Nikwasi Initiative. A bridge-building project, the Nikwasi Initiative works with communities to recognize, preserve and interpret the culture and heritage of people and places on the landscape that was traditionally the Cherokee homeland.
Advancing Indigeneity on Campus
Monday, November 9
2-3:30 p.m. Register through Tiger Training
This workshop shares the histories of indigenous groups on this land, engages participants in a critical dialogue about contemporary indigeneity and shares current efforts to enhance indigeneity on Clemson’s campus through the Indigenizing Clemson committee. *This workshop is part of the Strategic Exclusive Excellence Certificate program.
Hidden Here in Plain Sight: Cherokee Persons, Land, and Clay
Coordinated by Dr. Andrea Feeser and Planned Parenthood Generation Action (PPGA)
Wednesday, November 11
6-7 p.m. RSVP Link
Engage with Andrea Feeser as she presents a history of interlocked events involving porcelain, an eighteenth-century battle and treaty that took place at the Cherokee town Isunigu upon which Clemson is built and Cherokee persons likely enslaved.
Rethinking Religion in Native American Contexts: An Exploration of the Limits of Comparison in 17th-Century New France
Coordinated by Dr. James Jeffries and Planned Parenthood Generation Action (PPGA)
Thursday, November 12
7-8 p.m. RSVP Link
Engage with James Jeffries as he presents his research of imposed comparison among
17th-century New France missionaries in an effort to scrutinize and historicize the use of the term “religion” in discussion of Native American belief systems.
Artist Presentation: Esteban Cabeza de Baca
Thursday, November 19
7-8 p.m. RSVP Link
Engage in an artist’s presentation featuring Esteban Cabeza de Baca. Cabeza de Baca’s hybrid techniques and influences form a complex braid that interrogates the dialectical relationships between colonialism and its critique, between cultural extraction and its inversion.
Cherokee History and Stories: Freeman Owle
Friday, November 20
7-8 p.m. Zoom Link
Join us for our storytelling event featuring Freeman Owle. In addition to storytelling, Freeman Owle carves wood and stone, and speaks about the Cherokee and history.
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