The Edmond Sun

November 2, 2012

Native American Heritage Month activities kick off Nov. 7


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a series of events throughout November, beginning with a kickoff event at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Old North Amphitheater.

Festivities will include displays of talent from Native American drummers and fancy dancers. At noon, the event moves to Broncho Lake for a free lunch for attendees.

“Native American Heritage Month is another opportunity for the Central community to see our commitment to celebrating the diverse cultures represented on our campus. Whether you enjoy traditional foods and dances or learn a new language, the experience will be transformational,” said Lindsay Echols, coordinator of Central’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Other events throughout the month include:

• Fall Stomp Dance — 2 p.m., Nov. 11, Nigh University Center Ballrooms

• “Misrepresentation of My Nation,” a forum on stereotypes of Native Americans — 6 p.m., Nov. 14, NUC 320C

• “Rock Your Mocs,” a day to proudly wear moccasins on campus — Nov. 15

• “Meet the Chief,” an opportunity to meet Chief Leonard Harjo of the Seminole Nation — 6 p.m., Nov. 15, NUC 301

• “Webs We Weave,” the history of the Native American dreamcatcher — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 26, NUC Food Court

The month also includes a series of “brown bag lunches” covering various topics concerning Native Americans.           

For more details and a complete list of events, visit www.uco.edu/student-life/diversity/programsandevents/nativeamericanheritagemonth.asp. For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 974-3588.