NIC to honor American Indian History Month with events

North Idaho College is hosting a variety of events and lectures in honor of American Indian History Month in November.
The following events are sponsored by the NIC Diversity Events Committee:
The first American Indian Film Night presentation will be the film “Trudell,” a documentary about the life of activist John Trudell and his political journey as the national spokesman of the American Indian Movement. After tragedy strikes his family, likely intentional violence because of his activism, Trudell turns away from organized politics and begins to voice his message as a poet and musician. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall, on NIC’s main campus.
Graduate anthropologist, educator and member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Frank SiJohn will present on “Coyote Storytelling and Local History” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall. SiJohn collects tribal stories and history for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and will present stories of Coyote the trickster, an important icon in tribal storytelling, and history of the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls region that has significance to the tribe. In addition, Clayton Broncheau of the Nez Perce Tribe will present an exhibition of traditional Native American dance as part of the program. Clayton is nationally-known for his dancing and will serve as head young man for the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, N.M.
Another American Indian Film Night presentationwill be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall. “In Whose Honor?” by Jay Rosenstein is a documentary about the long-running practice of “honoring” American Indians as mascots and nicknames in sports. It follows the story of Native American mother Charlene Teters, and her transformation into the leader some are calling the “Rosa Parks of American Indians” as she struggles to protect her cultural symbols and identity. The film looks at the issues of racism, stereotypes, minority representation and the powerful effects of mass-media imagery.
Coeur d’Alene tribal member Mark Stanger will provide a presentation on “Plateau Culture,” about the daily life, hunting, celebration, environment and religious beliefs of the tribes that live between the Rocky Mountains and the Cascades. The tribal people that are native to this area share a culture partly because they share environmental offerings such as animals, water, plants and weather. The presentation will be at noon Tuesday, Nov. 28 in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall.
Interactive “Stick and Card Game Demonstrations” will be presented by Coeur d’Alene tribal member Norma Peone and Stanger. The two will teach participants how to play along with traditional tribal music and song. The demonstration will be held at noon Wednesday, Nov. 29 in the Driftwood Bay Room of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building.
All events are free and open to the public.
Information: (208) 769-3397.

For More Information
NIC History Instructor and Diversity Events Committee Chair Sharla Chittick, (208) 769-3397

Posted: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006

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