American Indian and Indigenous Heritage Month, October 15 - November 15

2018 Events Calendar

Monday October 15, 2018

  • 5-7 p.m. - Film: Mankiller
  • Mankiller “follows the life of Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to be elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, from her childhood in Oklahoma, through her family's relocation to San Francisco as well as her return to Oklahoma and her rise to power within the Cherokee Nation”. Snacks and drinks provided.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Squires 122

Wednesday October 17, 2018

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. - My Culture is not Your Costume with SGA
  • There is a fine line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. Join SGA, Native at Virginia Tech and other cultural organizations as we explore and discuss the boundaries of that fine line.
  • Johnston Student Center (Room 100)

Thursday October 18, 2018

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Themed Talking Circle: Navigating our Worlds as Indigenous People American Indian and Indigenous Community Center
  • For this talking circle, we will talk about walking between worlds as Indigenous people, how we see ourselves tribally, academically, socially, and how we feel that we affirm ourselves as Indigenous in our day-to-day lives and what it means to be Indigenous.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Squires 122

Tuesday October 23, 2018

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Ricardo Caté: Art and Activism
  • Ricardo Caté is a Kewa Pueblo cartoonist and activist whose series “Without Reservations” has appeared daily in the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper since 2006, in his compilation book, published in 2012, and recently in an exhibit at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. His work focuses on bringing accurate pictures of daily Native life in the Southwest to the public eye and drawing attention to injustices. He will be with us to discuss the powerful role of art in activism and the ability of political cartoons to create talking points around which people of different worldviews can learn and grow. Refreshments will be provided.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Squires 122

Wednesday October 24, 2018

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Ricardo Caté: Standing Rock
  • Ricardo Caté is a celebrated Kewa Pueblo political cartoonist and activist whose works created while at the Standing Rock protests in 2016 helped to give the public an accurate picture of the injustices being perpetrated against the protesters there. These protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline went on until early 2017, when they were forcibly removed after president Trump signed an executive order to halt environmental damage assessment and complete construction. Mr. Caté will be sharing his experiences and leading discussion about the importance of environmental activism and protection of land health both on and off the reservation.
  • Perspective Art Gallery, Squires 2nd Floor

Thursday October 25, 2018

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Themed Talking Circle: Intergenerational Trauma and Healing
  • Talking circles have become known as Pan-Indian practices of intervention and healing. They can address a wide range of topics which promote sharing and understanding between persons or groups. This particular session will address intergenerational trauma which can be experienced by individuals from all walks of life and cultures. The community welcomes anyone who wishes to participate to attend. The degree of participation is up to each person and there is no pressure to speak. However, information shared by participants should be kept in confidence.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Squires 122

Monday October 29, 2018

  • 5:30-7 p.m. - Trump’s Border Wall and Tribal Sovereignty: A Conversation on the Effects of Border Militarization on the Tohono O’odham Nation.
  • Donald Trump based his 2016 campaign on promises of building a wall along the southern border with Mexico. Since assuming the Presidency, Donald Trump has rapidly pursued this promise, requesting federal funding from Congress despite objections from environmental groups and activists who question the viability of a wall. Alongside these criticisms lies an over-looked dilemma rooted in a longm history of government use of land occupied by Native American tribes. The Tohono O’odham Nation is the second largest federally recognized tribe in the United States, approximately the size of Connecticut. Situated in southwestern Arizona, along 75 miles of the international border, the Tohono O’odham have communities in the United States and Mexico. Tribal members routinely face challenges to practicing theirO’odham Himdag(way of life) as a result of increased U.S. Border Patrol presence since 9/11. According to the tribal government, “on many occasions U.S. Customs have prevented Tohono O’odham from transporting raw materials and goods essential for their spirituality, economy and traditional culture. Border officials are also reported to have confiscated cultural and religious items, such as feathers of common birds, pine leaves or sweet grass.” The issue of building a wall along the southern border has long been portrayed as an issue of immigration versus national security. Forgotten in this conversation are the detrimental effects on indigenous peoples. A more nuanced understanding requires us to consider all those affected by the specter of the border wall.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Squires 122

Tuesday October 30, 2018

  • 4-5:30 p.m. - Ecology Stadium Tour with Jeff Kirwan
  • Jeff Kirwan gives a walking tour around the stadium to explore the native flora. He will be guiding and explaining how to identity native species, how they can be used, and how they can be grown. Meeting place is at the flagpole behind the tennis courts on Washington St. Dependent on weather.
  • Tennis Courts, Washington Street

Thursday November 1, 2018

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Themed Talking Circle: Mascots
  • Americans love sports. Especially football. But with the controversy of teams like the Redskins, America is divided on what is okay and not okay. Join the discussion on how mascots in sports should be used and why they are so important. What is acceptable and not acceptable? All viewpoints welcomed.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Squires 122

Monday November 5, 2018

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Multiculturalism of Draper’s Meadow Massacre
  • Historians have claimed in July 1755, a massacre occurred in what we know today as Blacksburg. Join us as we explore the story and intersectionality of Draper’s Meadow Massacre.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Squires 122

Tuesday November 6, 2018

  • 5-7 p.m. - Indigenous Food Demo
  • Ever had Native American food? What does it look and taste like? Find out by watching these foods being cooked. You’ll have the chance to try different dishes from multiple tribes across the nation. Learn the ingredients from different areas and the variety of dishes between tribes.
  • O’Shaughenessy Hall Kitchen, 530 Washington St. SW

Thursday November 8, 2018

  • 5-7 p.m. - Themed Talking Circle: Connection to Place and Sense of Home American Indian and Indigenous Community Center
  • Join the talking circle to discuss your feelings and/or connection to place(s) and how and when you feel a sense of home. How do you decide? Based off family or job or friends? Why did this become important to you? How does your culture/background play a role in this? All of these questions and more will be in the discussion lead by Kai Baisden.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Squires 122

Friday November 9, 2018

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Keynote Speaker Mary Kim Titla: “I Come From a Line of Chiefs. So What?”
  • Mary Kim Titla is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. She is an advocate for Native American youth, a journalist, and former TV reporter. She became the first Native American TV journalist in Arizona in 1987. She now serves as the Executive Director of the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY).
  • Brush Mountain A (Squires Student Center)

Monday November 12, 2018

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Post Colonial Trauma: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and its effects in Wind River
  • In 2017, Taylor Sheridan wrote and directed a film to portray the true story of sexual assaults of women on reservations. Many know this to be the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Movement that has created an uproar of awareness and justice in Indian Country. During this time we will share together, knowledge of the post colonial pressures will be gained and ways we can heal and help our women and children.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Squires 122

Thursday November 15, 2018

  • 5-7 p.m. - Themed Talking Circle: Code Switching
  • Anyone who speaks one language at home but speaks another language while at school, work, etc. practices code switching. It also applies to those who use one accent (southern, Midwest ,etc..) at one time and place but consciously(but not always) change accents when at another place(work, school, etc..) or time. Code switching often occurs because of changes and perceptions of one culture to another i.e. unacceptable to speak Arabic in America. Shoa Deese of the Lumbee Tribe will be leading the discussion how code switching affects our lives, the reasons and challenges behind code switching, and the importance/non-importance of code switching.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Squires 122