Throughout our history, American Indian and Alaska Native peoples have been an integral part of the American character. Against the odds, America's first peoples have endured, and they remain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence. Tribal America has brought to this great country certain values and ideas that have become ingrained in the American spirit: the knowledge that humans can thrive and prosper without destroying the natural environment; the understanding that people from very different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and traditions can come together to build a great country; and the awareness that diversity can be a source of strength rather than division.*
Please join the Office of Institutional Diversity as we celebrate American Indian Heritage Month through the different activities.
Friday 11/21/08 - Bird Singers
12 Noon - 1:00pm Hoch-Shanahan Dining Hall
The San Bernardino Cahuilla Tribe will be performing a traditional Bird Song presentation. The Bird Songs are tribal folk songs that tell stories. Performances typically include shake rattles and chants.
A special dessert “Indian Fried Bread” will be made for this occasion by Hoch-Shanahan Dining Services.
Visit the Platt Living Room for a display portraying American Indian contributions in history including some artifact samples. The poster display will be available for the entire month of November
Web online learning
Learn more about the American Indian culture through an online exhibit presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian http://www.nmai.si.edu/listening/
Borrow a book or movie
Borrow a book or movie from the OID library about American Indian culture from the OID library.
*text taken from http://www3.kumc.edu/diversity/ethnic_relig/naihm.html