Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC)

Dr. Josephine White Eagle photo Josephine 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. 

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

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.

Hours of Operation:
3:00-10:00pm, Monday-Thursday

Contact Information:
Chadbourne Hall, Basement
E-mail:  jwecc@sacl.umass.edu
Phone Number:  413-545-4932
 

UPDATES:
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NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH PROGRAMS

 

PowerlandsFilm, Discussion and Dinner with Producer and Director  Ivey Camille

December 1 | 5:00-7:00pm
Carney family Auditorium
UMass College of Education

A young Navajo filmmaker investigates displacement of Indigenous people and devastation of the environment caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. On this personal and political journey she learns from Indigenous activists across three continents.

 

Sponsors:
College of Engineering
College of Education
College of Natural Sciences
Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
UMass Amherst Libraries's Sustainabiltity Fund
Department of History
Center for Multicultural Advnacement and Student Success
The Energy Transition Institute 

 

 

Larry Spotted Crow MannTalk:  Native American Sovereignty via Tribal Stories and Drumming
Thursday, November 17 | 5-7pm, Fine Arts Atrium

Larry Spotted Crow Mann is a nationally acclaimed author and citizen of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts. He is an award-winning writer, poet, cultural educator, traditional storyteller, and tribal musician centered around the intersection of cultural and environmental awareness, spirituality, and youth sobriety in the Indigenous community.  Mann is co-director of the Ohketeau Cultural Center, an organization that allows for the opportunity for interdisciplinary education through cultural workshops, dance, music, and art.  Mann also serves as a Review Committee Member for the Native American Poets Project at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University

 

 

 

 

Moccasins WorkshopLearn how to create your own pair of moccasins to wear on Rock Your Mocks Day on November 15. No experience required.  Guided instruction provided.  Space is limited so register to join here: youngblood@umass.edu.
Refreshments provided.

 

 

Beading Woirkshop @ JWECCBeading Workshop @ JWECC
Movember 1, 15, and 29
6:00-8:00pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hall B-03

 

Come out and learn different beading techniques with UMass Native American Alumni Angelina LaRotonda.  Angie is a skilled beader who travels the powwow trail selling her beadwork.  We are excited to have her back and share part of her culture with our current students. All are welcome!

 

 

Heritage TalkHeritage Talk
Thursday, November 2 | 6:00-8:00pm |  JWECC, Chadbourne Hall, B-3

Are there times when you feel like a little detached or disconnected from someone or something or simply feeling alone?  Come to the JWECC and let us discuss feelings of disconnect from your roots or connect with who you are over coffee and sweeets.

Everyone's welcome!

 

Monday, She's Gone Missing October 24 | 6:30pm
Location:  via Zoom

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Missing White Women Syndrome are two related epidemics with very different outcomes.  One is not talked about outside of Indian Country. The other is highly visible in national media.  Let’s talk about history and actions in and out of Indian Country to make sure that our sisters, mothers, daughters, wives, girlfriends, women, are protected. 

Speaker is Heather Bruegl, M.A. (Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee), Independent Indigenous Consultant and Historian.

Register to join:  :https://bit.ly/3BRpozW

 

Spirit Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spirit Day
Thursday, October 20 | 7-9pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hall - B3

You are invited to join us in viewing the documentary, My Name is Pauli Murray and discuss ways of creating inclupurple shirtsive spaces, on and off campus, and how to best support our LGBTQ youth as well as learn about the history of LGBTQ identities and the Two Spirit tradition in Native American culture.

October 20th is an international campaign for recognizing the issue of bullying LBGTQ youth which results in hundreds of suicides each year.  On this day, we encourage everyone to wear a purple shirt to show their support for LGBTQ youth and stand against bullying and discrimination.

NOTE:  Call 413-545-4932 to be let in the building*

JWECC Kickoff Party:  Arts and Crafts Night

  Arts and Crafts Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come and create some art with beads and paint! No experience needed!  Join us in our Kickoff night, meet new people and tap your creative inner you!  All are welcome!  Materials provided!

Be there!  Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center - Chadbourne Hall B-3 | Wednesday, September 28 | 6:00-8:00pm

 

Larry Spotted Crow MannTalk:  Native American Sovereignty via Tribal Stories and Drumming
Thursday, November 17 | 5-7pm, Fine Arts Atrium

Larry Spotted Crow Mann is a nationally acclaimed author and citizen of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts. He is an award-winning writer, poet, cultural educator, traditional storyteller, and tribal musician centered around the intersection of cultural and environmental awareness, spirituality, and youth sobriety in the Indigenous community.  Mann is co-director of the Ohketeau Cultural Center, an organization that allows for the opportunity for interdisciplinary education through cultural workshops, dance, music, and art.  Mann also serves as a Review Committee Member for the Native American Poets Project at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University