News and Events

Nikkomo: Campus Community Pre-Winter and End-Of-Semester Celebration

Friday, Dec.11, 2015, 5:30 - 8:00pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hall B-3, Central Residential Area

Sponsors:  Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center and Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success

Nikkomo is one of many Algonquian “thanksgivings” celebrated throughout the year that correlate with harvest times. It’s the final thanksgiving celebration of the year, signaling the beginning of winter and a coming together of people. In recognition of this particular Native American tradition of the Nimpuc Tribal Nation of Massachusetts, the Josephine White Eagle Cultural centers hosts an annual Nikko pre-winter celebration at the cultural center. At the University of Massachusetts the Nikkomo reflects the principles of Nikkomo by being mindful for the resources we have(sustaining community), how we share resources (social justice), and being mindful of how we interact with each (respect for self, respect for others, respect of the past and respect for the generations to come.) 

On campus Nikkomo is also a time when students faculty and staff come together, before cramming for finals, preparing for travel to homelands to be with family and loved ones during the holiday season, and pre-paring for the coming winter. It is a time to resolve disputes, and come together to co-support each other during the cold moons of the winter season.

Native Heritage Month

November 1 – 30

November is Native American/Indigenous Heritage Month, or as it is also referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

TheNative Heritage Month flyer month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native peoples. Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the public about tribes, raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced, both historically and in the present, and the ways in which Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere have worked to overcome these challenges.

Sharing Indigenous Experiences Through Film

Thursday, Nov.19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Campus Center, Room 1009 (Amherst Room)
Featured Guest:  Shirley Snevex, Executive Director, Vision Maker Media
(Sponsored by CMASS; co-sponsored by the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center)


Thursday, Nov.19, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom
Sponsor: CPNAIS; co-sponsored by CMASS

The Blanket:  Community Building Day

Thursday, Nov. 20, 1 – 4 p.m.
Wilder Hall, room 102
(Sponsored by CMASS)

Native Film Series:  Christmas in the Clouds (2001)

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6 – 8 p.m.
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center, Chadbourne Hall B-3
(Sponsor: Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center)