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Blue graphic reading "Native American Heritage Month"
Blue graphic reading "Native American Heritage Month"

November is Native American Heritage Month, and UNC Greensboro is celebrating the diverse histories, cultures, and significant contributions of Indigenous communities with a variety of events happening on campus and throughout the community.

UNCG is located on land that has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst a number of Indigenous peoples, specifically the Keyauwee and Saura. 

Additionally, North Carolina has been home to many Indigenous peoples at various points in time, including the tribes/nations of Bear River/Bay River, Cape Fear, Catawba, Chowanoke, Coree/Coranine, Creek, Croatan, Eno, Hatteras, Keyauwee, Machapunga, Moratoc, Natchez, Neusiok, Pamlico, Shakori, Sara/Cheraw, Sissipahaw, Sugeree, Wateree, Weapemeoc, Woccon, Yadkin, and Yeopim.

Today, NC recognizes eight tribes: Coharie, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Saponi, Haliwa Saponi, Waccamaw Siouan, Sappony, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

Celebrate and learn more about Native American heritage and culture by participating in various events hosted by Indigenous people happening throughout the month:

Learn about Indigenous foods with Spartan Dining 

Nov. 1-30, Moran Commons Cafeteria 

Check out informational signs on the indigenous origins of menu items at The Caf throughout the month provided by the Native American Student Association

Cherokee Storytelling and Stone Carving Workshop 

Thursday, Nov. 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Greensboro Central Library 

Award-winning storyteller and author Freeman Owle will engage adults and children with a mix of history, culture, and ancient Cherokee stories passed down from generation to generation. Participants will also take part in a stone carving workshop. Hosted by the Greensboro Public Library

Kaya Littleturtle: Teaching our Southeastern Native Culture through Dance, Song, and Storytelling

Friday, Nov. 5, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Elliott University Center Kirkland Room

Open to students, staff, and faculty with a Spartan Card, the Littleturtle family, led by Kaya Littleturtle, will demonstrate various aspects of southeastern Native culture through dance, song, and storytelling.  Audience members will learn about smoke dancing, war dancing, and longhouse social dancing. 

Native American Hip Hop Beats 

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Hemphill Branch Library and online 

Learn about Native American Hip Hop and the artists behind it with video and musical excerpts. Discussions will take place on Native American music history and  the groundbreaking book, “Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America” by Kyle Mays. Hosted by the Greensboro Public Library – please call 336-412-6199 or email Ronald.Headen@greensboro-nc.gov to register.

Native Health and Native Destress Series: Medicine Workshop 

Monday, Nov. 8, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Elliott University Center Dogwood Room

This student-led workshop introduces members and allies to plant medicines, their origins, and their uses. Register here. 

We are Still Here: 21st Century Native American Perspectives 

Saturday, Nov. 13, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Glenn McNairy Branch Library 

Nora Dial-Stanley will be screening her film, “Leaving Home, Building Community: Triad Native American History, Presence, and Continuance.” An enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Nora has advocated for American Indians in NC for over 30 years. Hosted by the Greensboro Public Library. 

Native Health and Native Destress Series: Mental Health and Therapy with Guest Speaker Brianna Jacobs 

Monday, Nov. 15, 5:00-6:00 p.m., virtual event 

Hear from Brianna Jacobs, an Indigenous mental health professional, about effective strategies for managing stress before finals and in all areas of your life. RSVP here.

An evening with Tommy Orange 

Thursday, Nov. 18. 7:00 p.m., The Terrace at the Greensboro Coliseum 

Praised by media and fellow authors alike, There There was named one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of the Year, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award. Tommy Orange was born and raised in Oakland, California and is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Hosted as part of the Greensboro Public Library’s One City, One Book program.

Native Health and Native Destress Series: Gentle Movement 

Monday, Nov. 22, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Health and Wellness Studio 2

Participate in a student-led workshop on traditional gentle movement exercises for health to destress before finals. RSVP here.

For more information and additional resources on Native American Heritage Month, visit intercultural.uncg.edu/native-american-heritage.

Story by Dana Broadus, University Communications
Graphic by Jiyoung Park, University Communications

 
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