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Last modified: Thursday, October 30, 2008

First Nations Educational and Cultural Center celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month

Oct. 30, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's First Nations Educational and Cultural Center will celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month with a series of activities in November, begining with a reception on Wednesday (Nov. 5) that it is sponsoring with the city of Bloomington.

The opening reception for National American Indian Heritage Month will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the atrium of the Showers City Hall building, 401 N. Morton St. It will be the site of an exhibit about North America's sovereign nations that will be on display through the end of November.

Exhibit organizers are the American Indian Student Association, the city of Bloomington, the Native American Community Center of Bloomington and the Native American Graduate Students' Association.

Following is a listing of other major events for the month:

  • Nov. 6, noon -- "The Sociolinguistics of Indigenous Languages in South America in Contemporary Times," a talk at La Casa, 715 E. Seventh St., by Serafin M. Coronel-Molina, assistant professor of language education. Coronel-Molina will explore the sociolinguistic landscape of indigenous languages in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and various issues related to micro-sociolinguistics such as language contact phenomena of Quechua and Aymara with Spanish. He will also offer a panoramic view of macro-sociolinguistic research such as language maintenance, shift and revitalization, language policy and planning and intercultural bilingual education in the region.
  • Nov. 7, 4-6 p.m. -- Native American Nations Coffee Hour, Leo R. Dowling International Center, 111 S. Jordan Ave. American Indian student groups will present a meal and program about the diverse cultures of the First Nations. Corn soup, frybread and other Native American favorites will be served. Sponsors are the American Indian Student Association, Native American Graduate Students' Association and the Leo R. Dowling International Center.
  • Nov. 10, 6 p.m. -- Marilyn Vann, president of the Descendants of Freedmen Association, will lead a discussion about the Black Freedmen of the Cherokee nation, the tribal expulsion and the current situation. The program will take place in the Bridgwaters Lounge of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. A reception will follow. More information is available at Sponsored by the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library.
  • Nov. 12, 7 p.m. -- Screening of the documentary, "Black Indians: an American Story," at the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, located in Eigenmann Hall 601. The film explores the issue of racial identity among Native and African Americans and the coalescence of these two groups in American history. Discounted, and often ignored by mainstream America, these minority peoples have often shared a common past. However, with their heritage ignored and their contributions denied they are all but invisible at the dawn of the new millennium. Sponsored by the Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies.

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