Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC)

jweccJosephine White Eagle Cultural Center is named in honor of Dr. Josephine White Eagle for her involvement in advocacy and mentorship of Native students on campus and someone who was involved in the early developments of a culture center for Native students. Its first home was in Knowlton Residence Hall and in 1993 was relocated to Chadbourne Residence Hall. 

Redacted from History of the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center by Paul Oberheim, Cultural Center Fellow, spring 2018.

Hours of Operation:
The Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center is open from 1:00 - 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It is located in Chadbourne Residential Hall. Sign in at registration desk with student ID.

Parking:
Parking available in Lot 49 after 5:00 p.m. Transportation Services offers additional information for parking on campus.

Access:
To access the center please call (413) 545-4932 to ask a staff to meet you at the main entrance of Chadbourne Hall and open the door for you. During the hours of 8:00 - 9:00 p.m., you will be asked to sign in and show identification at the security desk and confirm a visit to the center, and to sign out before leaving the building. 
For additional information visitors are encouraged to review the Security and Safety Guidelines for Residential Hall Access.

 

Fall 2019 Calendar of Events

 

Open House: Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

Have some fun, munch and mingle; come and meet our staff and learn about the programming they have prepared for the academic year.

 

Success Coaching
Mondays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21; November 4, 11, 18; December 9
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

Come and plan your steps for a successful academic year!

 

Study Hours
Mondays, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 25; November 4, 11, 18; December 9
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

Drop by the center, bring your books and your enthusiasm, we supply the rest! We will provide snacks and great company!

 

Native Voices
First Wednesday of Every Month
October 2, 2019; November 4, 2019; December 6, 2019
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center


This program validates cultural knowledge and identity by providing a space for faculty and staff who identify as Native/Indigenous to share their stories with undergraduate students of similar backgrounds. Students are encouraged to ask questions and complete a one-minute essay at the end of the presentation.

 

Native Heritage Month Community Building Dinner
Saturday, November 16, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Amherst Room, UMass Campus Center 

Special Guest Performer: La Marea Vuelve

 

Beading
Thursdays of Each Week, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 21; December 5
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

Awaken your inner creativity and learn to create Native art using beads. Materials and tools will be supplied. All are welcome; stop by and enjoy the fun!

 

Belly Dancing
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center


The UMass community will have the opportunity to learn more about this ancestral cultural practice and simultaneously will interact with belly dancing instructors in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Students and staff will discuss the history of Belly Dancing.

 

mocassinsMoccasins Making
Wednesday, October 12, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

For many Native American and indigenous peoples around the world, the making of moccasins is understood as a traditional way for the transmission, promotion, and conservation of some cultural practices. This moccasin-making class is designed to teach/learn about the history of moccasins in Native American communities. All attendants will have the opportunity to make their own pair of moccasins.
 

Nikkomo Potluck
Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center


This is an annual winter gathering celebrated by some southern New England tribes. It originates from a traditional Narragansett give-away celebration. The JWECC has traditionally celebrated Nikkomo by bringing together students, staff, faculty, and their families, and sharing food in the form of potluck. This year, giving away to others will be celebrated as well by encouraging participants to bring toiletries to stock a supply closet. 

Collaboration Conference with Stonewall Center 
Date/Time/Location: TBA