Dedication a highlight of Native American Heritage Month
In 1817, the People of the Three Fires Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi
donated the land that ultimately would be used to found U-M. To acknowledge
the land grant, The History and Traditions Committee of the University
has installed a plaque on the Diag between the chemistry and natural history
Frank Ettawageshik, former tribal chairman of the Little Traverse
Bay Band of Ojibwe and Odawa Indians, and a noted Native American
historian, will be present to help dedicate the plaque at 12:10 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21. Ettawageshik and President Mary Sue Coleman will offer
remarks at the ceremony on the Diag. Events during Native American
Heritage Month are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Please call the MESA Office at (734) 763-9044 for more information.
Other events include:
Saturday Nov. 16
Joanne Shenandoah live in concert 8 p.m.
(doors open at 7:30 p.m.), The Ark, 316 S. Main St. Singer-songwriter
Joanne Shenandoah, the Native American Music Association's 2002 Native
Artist of the Year, composes original music rooted in the ancient songs
of the Iroquois people of which she is a member. Tickets are available
through Ticketmaster: $10 with any student ID, $20 for the general public.
Sponsored by the Ark, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)
and the Native American Student Association (NASA).
Sunday Nov. 17
Native American Living Traditions Celebration
Noon-4:30 p.m., U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes Grand River Singers, 12:30
p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Larry Plamondon, story-telling, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30
p.m. Eva Kennedy, artist, ongoing. "Sky Legends of the Three Fires" Planetarium
show, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. ($3 per person) Sponsored by the Exhibit
Wednesday Nov. 20
Film: "Incident at Oglala" 8 p.m., William
Monroe Trotter House, 1443 Washtenaw Ave. "Incident at Oglala" is Robert
Redford's documentary about the Leonard Peltier Case. Set against the
backdrop of the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, the film traces the rise of
the Indians of All Tribes and the American Indian Movement during the
civil rights era.
Thursday Nov. 21
Plaque dedication (see above) Sponsored by
the Office of the President and the History and Traditions Committee.
Campus-wide address: Frank Ettawageshik 7 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom
Ettawageshik will give an address on the history of Native American influence
on and at U-M. Sponsored by the Office of the President and the History
and Traditions Committee.
Saturday Nov. 23
Open Mic Talent Night 9 p.m., William Monroe
Trotter House At this true open mic, share songs, poetry, artwork or the
spoken word. Sponsored by MESA and NASA.
Monday Dec. 2
Social with NASA and the Treetown Singers
8-10 p.m., William Monroe Trotter House Listen to some great traditional
Powwow songs, share food and meet with people throughout the local Native
Wednesday Dec. 4
Film: "PowWow Highway" 8 p.m., William Monroe
Trotter House Based on David Seals' novel, "PowWow Highway" traces the
epic adventures of Philbert and Buddy on their trek from Lame Deer, Mont.,
to Santa Fe, and all they encounter along the way. Sponsored by MESA and
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