Events:


Spring 2014:

 

Guest Speakers for Anthropology 370/670 (Thursdays 2:30-5:00 in Boyden 269):

Feb. 13 Cheryll Toney Holley, Chief/Sachem of the Nipmuc Nation, "Interpreting Nipmuc"

Feb. 27 Carol Wynne (Mashpee Wampanoag), "The Aptuxet Trading Post Museum"

March 13 Philip Deering (Mohawk), "Indigenous Language and Educaiton"

April 3 Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag), Aquinnah Cultural Council

April 17 Chris Abrams (Seneca) Haudenosaunee Standing Committee on Burial Rules and Regulations, UMass Resident Tribal Historian 2014

 

THE 7th ANNUAL NATIVE STUDIES SYMPOSIUM

Friday April 18th, 2014

11th floor Campus Center Marriott Room

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 

ALUMNI NIGHT

A celebration of Native alumni hosted by the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center and CMASS

Friday April 18th, 2014

11th floor Campus Center Marriott Room

Begins at 8:00 pm

 

ANNUAL UMASS AMHERST POWWOW

Saturday April 19th, 2014

UMass Curry Hicks Cage

Venue open at 10:00 am

Grand entry at 11:30 am

 

Fall 2013:

October 9th – Wednesday
Poetry reading by Jennifer Lisa Vet
7:00 pm
Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass

October 10th – Thursday
Anthropology graduate student Angelo Baca will be presenting on "Participatory Research in Native Communities: Film, Academics, and Community"
6:00 pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center in Chadbourne dorm

October 16th – Wednesday
Screening of the film “Two Spirits” with panel
6:00 pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center in Chadcourne dorm

October 21st – Monday
Screening of the film "Smoke Signals"
6:30 pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center in Chadbourne dorm

November 4th – Monday
Screening of the film "Thunderheart"
6:30 pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center in Chadbourne dorm

November 5th – Tuesday
Presentation by Jean Forward and Jim Peters on a developing heritage trail program and interactive website
5:30 pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center in Chadbourne dorm

November 14th – Thursday
A talk by members of the online sketch comedy group The 1491s
7:00 pm
Campus Center

November 18th – Monday
Screening of the film "Clearcut"
6:30 pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center in Chadbourne dorm

Spring 2013:

Thursday, April 18

2:30 p.m. Anthropology 370 Contemporary Issues of North American Indians presents:
2013 Resident Tribal Historian, James Francis (Penobscot)
Location: Bartlett Room 61

Friday, April 19

6th Annual Native Studies Symposium: "Water and Social Economic Justice "
Location: Campus Center Room 1001

9:00 am: Blessing, James Francis (Penobscot, 2013 UMass Amherst Resident Tribal Historian)
Welcome Remarks: Provost James Staros and Graduate Dean John McCarthy

9:30 am: Graduate Student Presentations, facilitated by Professor Sonya Atalay, Anthropology and Commonwealth Honors College

Essie Ablavsky, Labor Studies: “Troubled Waters: The Winters Doctrine and Indian Water Rights in the Western United States”

L. Sema Bagci-Kaya , Anthropology PhD Candidate: “Intellectual Property Issues Related to Interpretive Trails on Indigenous Land”

Drew Best , MAT Anthropology: “Genetic Analysis of Native American Populations: Methods, Findings, and Implications”

Jennifer Rolenz, Anthropology: “Mashpee Fishing Rights”

Donna Roberts Moody, MA Anthropology: “Hands Across the Waters: Pre-Columbian Travel”

Antonina Griecci Woodsum, Labor Studies: “Decolonizing the Penobscot River”

Question and answer session after presentations

Lunch break: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

2:00 pm: Keynote Speaker: Ramona Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag Spiritual Leader, "Water and Social Economic Justice"

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Presentations

Dr. Jean S. Forward (CPNAIS Director, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology), "CPNAIS Alumni Highlights"

Ashley Linville (Houma Nation Louisiana Alternative Spring Break Peer Coordinator), "Anthro 394 WI ASB Class Presentations"

Natural Resources 597CE Class, "Cree, Culture, Natural Resources and Sustainability: Cultural Immersion"

Film Screening by Erica Kowsz (Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology): "A Journey Upstream: The Past and the Present of an Extinct People"

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: HONOR! Dinner

Blessing: Professor Ron Welburn

Welcome Remarks: John Cunningham, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, International Relations, UMass Online

Jon Hill, "Cultural Center Highlights"

Student Presentations

Leslie Cruz

Amara Ridley

Delanie Ramirez

Student and Staff Recognitions

8:00 pm - Martha Redbone LIVE in Concert! Free and open to the public, come and experience the unique blend of musical styles and sounds of Martha Redbone. Held in the Campus Center Reading Room.

Saturday, April 20

31st Annual UMass Amherst Powwow
Curry Hicks Cage Gym
10:30 am - 6:00 pm, rain or shine!
Free admission, open to the public.

MC: Marvin Burnett
Drums: Eastern Suns, Rez Dogs, and Urban Thunder
Eastern Social Songs: Darryl Wixon
Head Dancers: Cherrie and Ron Welburn
Arena Director: Jon Hill

Storytelling: Larry Mann

Specialty dances and Intertribal dances
Traditional and Comtemporary Native American Arts and Crafts
Food vendors

For more information on the above events, please email jghill@anthro.umass.edu.

Spring 2012:

Thursday, April 19

2:30 p.m. Anthropology 370 Contemporary Issues of North American Indians presents:
2012 Resident Tribal Historian, Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel
Mohegan Tribal Historian and Medicine Woman
“Ancient Kin: Historic Connections between the Tribes of New England"
Location: Reading Room, Campus Center

Friday, April 20

5th Annual Native Studies Symposium: "Indigenous Health and Land Sustainability"
Location: Herter, 227

12:00-12:15 p.m. Traditional Blessing, Professor Ron Welburn &
Welcome Remarks, Dean Joel Martin

12:15-1:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker, N. Bruce Duthu (Houma), Samsom Occom Professor and Chair, Native American Studies, Dartmouth College: “Impacts of the Gulf Oil Spill on the Houma Nation, Louisiana”

1:00-1:15 p.m. Anthropology 396W Section 1, Indigenous ASB Presentation: ASB to Houma Nation, Dulac, Louisiana

1:15-1:30 p.m. Faye Adams (Inuit), BDIC Graduating Senior, Journalism and Native Studies: “Indians in the Oil Spill in the News”

1:30-2:00 p.m. Sandra Deer-Standup (Kahnawa:ke Mohawk), “Impacts of the Oil Spill in the St. Lawrence Seaway”

2:30-3:00 p.m. Break

3:00-5:00 p.m. Graduate Student Presentations:
Dwanna L. Robertson (Muscogee Creek): “Being Indian: The Complexity of Competing Identities”

Kasey Jernigan (Choctaw): “Lived Challenges and Getting Through Them: Alaska Native Youth Narratives as a Way to Understand Resilience”

Hang Dam, Katie Silvius, & Ife Bamikole: “Protective Factors for Young Alaska Natives in Northwest Alaska: Findings from a Regional Youth Survey”

Ashley Sherry: “Collaborative Indigenous Biography: Complexities, Negotiation, and Circulation”

Martha Nyongani: “Land Sustainability: Rethinking Ways of Nourishing the Soil for Sustained Agriculture Production at Malembe School in Malawi”

Saturday, April 21

12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Powwow: Curry Hicks Cage
Noon: Grand Entry

 

Fall 2011:

NIKKOMO (Pre-Winter Celebration)

December 9, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, JWECC.

 

Film Screening of "Older than America"

December 1, 7:00 pm, JWECC.

 

Traditional Arts Instruction with Joyce Vincent

November 19, 7:00 pm, JWECC.

 

Raising Awareness about JWECC and Kanonhsesne potential collaborations

November 17, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, JWECC.

 

Dreamcatcher Workshop: Traditional arts instruction class with Taquana Peters

November 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, JWECC.

 

AGENE! and Native Studies Open House with free screening of Wampanoag Laguage Restoration Program and JWECC staff presentation

November 9, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Campus Center Rm 1009.

 

Advance Screening of "We Still Live Here--As Nutayunean: The Wampanoag Language Resurrected", presented by WGBY. Filmmaker Ann Makepeace will be present.

November 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at Historic Deerfield, White Church Community Center (16 Memorial St., Deerfield, MA). Free and open to the public.

 

Larry Mann (Nipmuc): Writer's Corner

November 8 , 6:00 pm, JWECC.

 

Larry Mann (Nipmuc): "Tales of the Whispering Basket", Reading and Discussion

November 7 , 5:30 pm, Campus Center, Rm 162..

 

Annual Native Scaryween: Enjoy Treats, Ghoulish Stories, and Scary Movies!

October 27, 7:00 - 10:00 pm, at JWECC.

 

Poet, musician, and author Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) performance and dinner:

October 17, 7:00 pm at Bowker Auditorium and JWECC.

 

Actor, musician, activist, and filmmaker Gary Farmer (Cayuga) will present two short films:

October 13, 2:30 pm, Anthropology 270: North American Indians, Hasbrouck 134.

 

Spring 2011:

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE 2011 - Includes "The Border Crossed Us"

Wed., April 20 Opening ceremony: “The Border Crossed Us”
           3:30 p.m. Opening Reception, Studio Arts Building, Room 240               
     
           4:45 p.m. In Conversation: Catherine D’Ignazio, Ofelia Rivas (Tohono 
                 O’odham), Susan Jahoda and Mario Ontiveros
               The talk will investigate public art practices, social activism and the
               visualization of borders.

Thursday, April 21
        2:30 Anthropology 370 Contemporary Issues of North American Indians presents
                2011 Resident tribal Historian, Trudie Lamb-Richmond (Schaghticoke)
                Education Consultant in Residence at Mashantucket Pequot Museum &
                Research Center
                “Indigenous Women of Southern New England”
               Bartlett Room 61

Friday, April 22
  Mass. Undergraduate Conference

10:40 a.m. Honors Capstone Student Presentations, Kathleen Brown-Perez (Brothertown)
  Please see the undergraduate schedule here.

  3 p.m. “The Border Crossed Us” Panel
         Herter Room 227
         Moderator: Ramona Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag)
         Panel:  Ofelia Rivas (Tohono O’odham), Solomon “Rocky” Bear (Maliseet),
         Curtis Lazore (Mohawk), and Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Cheyenne River Sioux)

 4:30 p.m. Reception, Herter Room 227

 5:00 p.m. Graduate student presentations, Herter Room 227
         5:05-5:20 Robin Gray, "Tsimshian Revolution: The Poetics and Politics of Reclaiming"
         5:30-5:45 Virginia McLaurin, "Images of Contemporary Indians in Mainstream Media"
         6:00-6:15 Dan Lynch, "To Disclose or Not to Disclose Sacred Sites: Intersection of Cultural          Heritage and Indigenous Knowledge"
         6:30-6:45 Jon Hill, "From Hank to Hendrix: Birdsongs and the Politics of Removal on the          Recorded Frontier"

 Saturday, April 22
   10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Powwow
      Noon: Grand Entry

6:30 p.m. Post- Powwow: Cedar flute performance at border fence, musician, DJ and activist Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Cheyenne River Sioux)

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"The Border Crossed Us: The Tohono O'odham Border Fence"

The Tohono O'odham Border Fence is a visual marker for complex issues such as race, poverty, trade policy, land tenure, war, security, insecurity and fear, agriculture, the sovereignty of native peoples, and the questions "Who are we? Who are they?"

Wednesday, April 20: Opening Ceremony, on site, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20: Tohono O'odham In Conversation, on site, 4:45 p.m.

Friday, April 22: Tohono O'odham Panel Discussion, Herter 227, 3:30-4:30 p.m., with reception to follow

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Monday, April 11, at Mount Holyoke College:

"Where Is the Spirit of Odeyak? Political Ecology, Native Sovereignty, and Environmental Justice in the Canadian Sub-Arctic"

A Presentation by Political Ecologist and Author Hans Carlson, PhD.

Since the summer of 1970, the lands of the James Bay Cree have been the focus of ever-increasing development, resulting in great environmental and cultural disruption for the Cree. The story of the last four decades in James Bay has been one of political negotiation to mitigate these impacts, and one of continuing and adapting traditional culture. This has meant the development of a Cree definition of sovereignty over their traditional lands, but also new ways of practicing traditions to keep them meaningful in the twenty-first century.

Dwight Building Room 101, Mount Holyoke College, 4:30 p.m.

Reception to follow at 6:00 p.m. Join us for a light dinner with traditional Cree and vegetarian options. Hans Carlson's book, Home Is the Hunter: The James Bay Cree and Their Land will be available for purchase and signing. Location of the reception is the Eliana Ortega and Zowie Banteah House.

Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Philosophy Department and the Miller Worley Center for the Environment.

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ONGOING: Anthropology 370/670: Contemporary Issues of North American Indians: Focus on the Northeast, with Professors Jean Forward and Rae Gould, invites you to hear these incredible guest speakers in Spring 2011:

Pamela A. Ellis, Esq. (Nipmuc)

"The History and Politics of Nipmuc/k Invisibility and Nonrecognition"

February 10, 2011

 

Loren Spears (Narragansett), Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum and Nuweetuuon Education Center

"Narragansett Contemporary Issues for Cultural Survival"

February 24, 2011

 

Robert Peters, Jr. (Mashpee Wampanoag)

"The Onion People"

March 10, 2011

 

Chris Abrams (Seneca), Repatriation Coordinator

"Repatriation"

March 31, 2011

 

Trudie Lamb-Richmond (Schaghticoke), Education Consultant in Residence at Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, UMass Tribal Historian in Residence 2011

"Indigenous Women of Southern New England"

April 21, 2011

 

The classroom is open to all visitors who wish to attend. Classes are Thursdays from 2:30 to 5:15 in Bartlett Hall Room 61.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011: Praise Song - 150 Years of Native American Art

Herter Hall 227, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

An original slideshow by Lee Swenson, "Praise Song" has been shown in numerous American Indian communities as well as in Florence and Venice, Italy, South India, and locations around the U.S. His work focuses primarily on the West: from the catalytic Kiowa Five and the 1930's "Studio" in Santa Fe to the great Naranjo family from Santa Clara Pueblo.

Spring 2010:

The Certificate Program for Native American Indian Studies is pleased to announce the following schedule of events for the 2010 Indigenous Symposium and PowWow:

Indigenous Peoples, Cultural Survival: Art, Health, Education Symposium and Powwow

APRIL 22 – 24,  2010

Schedule:

Thursday, April 22, 2010 Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union Building

9:30 AM  Abenaki Welcome, Donna Roberts Moody
                UMass Welcome, Vice Provost John Cunningham

10-12:15 Student Presentations
               Troy Phillips, Nipmuc Nation, (Mass. Commission on Indian Affairs), Moderator
  
     Emiliano Salazar “Tearing Down the Walls: structural and Cultural Violence and the Federation of Kalpulliz”
     Cory Telman “Kahnawake Education and the Reggio Emilia Approach”
     Abbott R. Thayer “When Sadness Fell in the Gilded Age”
     Levi Adelman “American Indian Religious Freedom Act: Past, Present and Future”

12:30-2:00   Lunch

2:30-5:00  Resident Tribal Historian Presentation
              Paulla Dove Jennings, Narragansett
          Presentation: “ Interpreting History”

5:30-8:00  End of Year !Honor Dinner
    Student Presentation: Kara Nye (Odawa) Graduating Senior

Friday, April 23, 2010  11th Floor Campus Center

8-9 AM Breakfast
       Penobscot Welcome, Reuben “Butch” Phillips

9:15 Welcome Graduate Dean John Mullin

10-12:15 Student Presentations
            Anne Foxx, Mashpee Wampanoag Moderator
   
       Nora Lawrence “The Search for Balance: The Code of Handsome Lake and the Struggle Of the 18th Century Seneca.”
      Sarah Vasquez “Recognizing Penobscot Sovereignty: Enduring Past, Possible Futures”
      Donna Roberts Moody  “Survey of African and Native American Iconograpy in Textiles”
      Summer Coblyn
      Marybeth Keith “They Call Me an Apple,” Fusing Conflicted Identities in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:30-4:30  Student Presentations
            Jean S. Forward (Director CPNAIS) Moderator
     
       Kathryn Merriam “The Preservation of Iroquois Thought: J.N.B. Hewitt’s Legacy of Scholarship for his People”
       Jennifer O’Connell  “Contemporary Inuit Media: Culture, Tradition and Language”
       Jon Hill “Indians between blues, black and white: the Logistics of visibility in the mass-mediated music markets”
       Robin R. R. Gray “Pictures Are Worth More Than a Thousand Words: Visualizing Pedagogy and Power with Urban Native Youth”
  
5:00-6:30  Keynote Presentation:  Butch Phillips, Penobscot, Penobscot River Restoration

Saturday, April 24, 2010 UMass POWWOW Curry Hicks Cage    10 AM – 6 PM
 
Lakota Harden, Native American Activist and Diversity Trainer, April 8th

Lakota Harden (Minnecoujou/Yankton Lakota and HoChunk), orator, activist, community organizer, workshop facilitator, radio host, and poet, will be in the Umass Amherst region the week of April 5, and is available for other engagements that week; Contact SpeakOut for details.

For more information, please visit: www.SpeakOutNow.org

Anthropology 370: Contemporary Issues of North American Indians (Focus on the Northeast), Presents the Spring 2010 Speaker Series Thursdays:  2:30 -5:30 PM Bartlett  61  

February 4:  Professor Rae Gould  (Nipmuc Nation), Tribal Archaeologist:                   
“Repatriation and Non-Federaly Recognized Tribes"

February 25:  Robert Peters Jr. (Mashpee Wampanoag)):
       “Artwork and Writings: Artist, Poet, Author"
                    
March 11:  Joanne Dunn (Mi'kmaq), Director, North American Indian Center of Boston:
                 “Urban Indian Centers”

April 1: Tom Porter (Akwesasne Mohawk):
              “And Grandma Said”
                          
April 22: Pualla Dover Jennings (Narragansett),
             UMass Resident Tribal Historian           

Fall 2009 Events:

Sherman Alexie "The Business of Fancydancing" December 3, 4:30PM

Fine Arts Center Auditorium, UMass/Amherst

John Trudell

Nov. 18, 7 PM, Campus Center 101 April 23-26, 2009 Symposium And Powwow
"Indigenous Peoples, Cultural Landscapes And Social Justice"

4/24 Symposium (free)
10am-Noon; 2:15pm-5:30pm Campus Center Room 1009

4/24 Joanne Shenandoah in Concert with Art Steel & Steve Tracy "Blues x2"

7pm Campus Center Auditorium

$10 General Public, $8 for UMASS Five Colleges Students & Senior Citizens

4/25 & 4/26 Powwow (rain or shine)

Curry Hicks Cage Gym

$7/day General Public, $5/day UMASS Five Colleges Students & Senior Citizens

4/26 Screening of WGBY film The Trail of Tears (free)
Herter Hall Room 227

All children 10 and under admitted free to all events.

For pre events, combination discount sales and other information, contact
Native American Student Services 413-577-0970, dvincent@acad.umass.edu