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2013 Fall Events

2013 Fall Calendar of Events Flyer

NAECC Fall Open House
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm  |  NAECC

Kick-off event for the fall semester to welcome new and returning Purdue students, faculty and staff. Tour the NAECC, meet with staff and learn about the educational resources available and Native American based student organizations. Refreshments will be served.

"Souper" Friday
Friday, September 13, 2013
Noon - 1:00 pm  |  NAECC

Looking for a place to have lunch?  Stop by the NAECC for hot soup, bread, and good company.

Purdue AISES GeoScience Day
Saturday, September 21, 2013
10:00 - 4:00 pm  |  Purdue Campus

College visitation day to introduce Native American high school students to geosciences. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center and Purdue AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) student organization


Eiteljorg Museum Visiting Artist: Iva Honyestewa
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
2:00 - 4:00 pm  |  Demonstration Kitchen, Co-Rec
Space is limited. Reservations required through Eventbrite

Iva Honyestewa (Hopi Pueblo) will conduct a cooking demonstration and make somiviki, blue corn tamales. She will discuss the importance of corn and traditional Hopi methods of cooking.  Honyestewa is the featured artist for the Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program for the month of September.  Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art in Indianapolis, IN


Eiteljorg Museum Visiting Artist: Iva Honyestewa
Cultural Presentation “Hopi Pueblo Path of Life”
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
6:00 - 7:30 pm  |  Elm Room, West Lafayette Public Library 

Iva Honyestewa (Hopi Pueblo) will share traditional stories from her tribe emphasizing the Hopi baby naming ceremony and the importance of maintaining a strong connection to Mother Earth. Honyestewa is the featured artist for the Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program for the month of September. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art in Indianapolis, IN


NAECC Craft Circle
Friday, September 20, 2013
3:00 - 5:00 pm  |  NAECC

Take part in this interactive arts and craft session lead by a local Native American artist. Join this circle of Purdue students, faculty and staff and Learn about different traditions behind the artwork. Reservations are required, contact the NAECC to reserve your spot.


Two Spirits: Exploring the Crossroads of Gender with Dr. Wesley Thomas
Thursday, Septembe 26, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 pm  |  Krannert Auditorium

Within the more than 200 languages spoken in Native American communities throughout North America, concepts and definitions related to gender and sexuality vary and can be difficult to distill into English language.  “Two Spirit” has come to represent anyone who identifies as being connected to Native American traditions that do not simply divide people into male and female but that instead recognize people of integrated genders and diverse sexualities.  Join Dr. Wesley Thomas, Chair/Professor in the School of Diné Studies, Education & Leadership at Navajo Technical College for an enlightening and engaging conversation exploring Two Spirit identity, history, and contemporary issues. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center in collaboration with the LGBTQ Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art in Indianapolis, IN


"Souper" Friday
Friday, September 27, 2013
Noon - 1:00 pm  |  NAECC

Looking for a place to have lunch?  Stop by the NAECC for hot soup, bread, and good company.


NAECC Family Day and Homecoming Celebration
Saturday, September 28, 2013
10:00 - 11:30 am  |  NAECC

Celebrate Family Day with the NAECC! Enjoy some delicious Indian tacos and visit with the Purdue Native community before the football game.


"Souper" Friday
Friday, October 11, 2013
Noon - 1:00 pm  |  NAECC

Looking for a place to have lunch?  Stop by the NAECC for hot soup, bread, and good company.


NAECC Craft Circle
Thursday, October 17, 2013
3:00 - 5:00 pm  |  NAECC

Take part in this interactive arts and craft session lead by a local Native American artist. Join this circle of Purdue students, faculty and staff and Learn about different traditions behind the artwork. Reservations are required, contact the NAECC to reserve your spot.


Capturing Resilience: Ecological Sciences & Engineering Summit
October 21 - 22, 2013
Purdue Campus

Co-sponsored by the Native American Educational and Cultural Center.  For more information, go to the webpage for Capturing Resilience.  


Eiteljorg Museum Visiting Artist:  Norris Chee (Dineh)
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
2:00 - 3:30 pm  |  STEW 322

Norris Chee (Navajo) is a gifted painter and will demonstrate the connection between animals, symbols and the Native American cultures and languages. He will provide an introduction to the Navajo Code Talker and discuss how the Navajo language, animals and symbols were used in the code that was never broken. Chee is the featured artist for the Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program for the month of October. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art in Indianapolis, IN


Eiteljorg Museum Visiting Artist: Norris Chee (Dineh)
Film Documentary and Discussion - True Whispers: Story of the Navajo Code Talkers
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
6:00 - 7:30 pm  |  Hillenbrand Atrium
Movie admission included with meal swipe.  Guests may dine for $11.75 per person.

The documentary explores the small band of World War II warriors who were part of the Navajo Code Talkers and how they used the Navajo language to develop the unbreakable code. Featuring guest speaker, Norris Chee (Navajo) who will use his artistic talents to show how symbols were incorporated into the code. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Housing and Food Services Cultural Programs Office and in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art in Indianapolis, IN


Green Week Film and Discussion
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 pm  |  STEW 310

Part of the DiversiKey Certificate Program and Purdue’s Green Week 2013. Diversity Café will feature a screening of the documentary film, Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action followed by a panel discussion featuring Native American students and faculty at Purdue engaged in climate change and sustainability. Filmed against some of America’s most spectacular backdrops, from Alaska to Maine and Montana to New Mexico, “Homeland” profiles the struggles of Native American leaders who are taking on powerful energy companies and government agencies to protect the environment for all Americans. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center and Diversity Resource Office.


Eiteljorg Museum Visiting Artist: Norris Chee (Dineh)
Film Documentary and Discussion - True Whispers: Story of the Navajo Code Talkers
Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:00 - 7:30 pm  |  Elm & Walnut Rooms, West Lafayette Public Library

The documentary explores the small band of World War II warriors who were part of the Navajo Code Talkers and tells their stories of how they used the Navajo language to develop the unbreakable code. Featuring guest speaker, Norris Chee (Navajo) who will use his artistic talents to show how symbols were incorporated into the code. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center and in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art in Indianapolis, IN



Native American Heritage Month - November 2013

Native American Heritage Month is a national month-long celebration created to recognize, honor and celebrate Indigenous People. The NAECC serves as the focal point for campus and community events and sponsors cultural presentations, workshops, educational tours and film screenings.

Native American Heritage Month Opening Celebration
Thursday, November 7, 2013
7:00 - 8:30 pm  |  PMU 118

NAECC kicks-off Native American Heritage Month celebration at Purdue featuring Native American singer/songwriter/producer/performer Martha Redbone (Choctaw/Cherokee) and storyteller Terry Gasdia (Hopi/Pima).


Martha Redbone Roots Project
Friday, November 8, 2013
8:00 pm  |  Lafayette Theatre, 600 Main Street, Lafayette, IN

Martha Redbone is one of the leading contemporary voices in Native American music – fusing her Cherokee and Choctaw heritage and her African-American legacy in vibrant funk and R&B with the American roots music. Her latest album, The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake, explores Americana through the lens of the British bard’s poetry. Tickets starting at $16 for Purdue students, visit the Purdue Convocations website for details. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center and Purdue Convocations.


Contemporary Natives: Looking Beyond the Historical Stoic Indians
Thursday, November 14, 2013
11:30 am - 12:30 pm  | Lunch in Windsor Dining Court
                                     (Guests may dine for $11.75 per person)
12:30 - 1:30 pm  |  Discussion in Vawter Living Room, Windsor Hall

First impressions of Native American people often result in textbook images of tipis, buffalos and historical figures of the past. This panel presentation will raise the awareness of current issues taking place within tribal communities such as Native identity, health issues and the common misconceptions. Panelist will include Purdue Native American faculty, students and staff. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center and Housing and Food Services Cultural Programs Office.


Eiteljorg Museum Visiting Artists: Mary & Lorenzo Tafoya (Santo Domingo)
Thursday, November 14, 2013
2:00 - 3:30 pm  |  STEW 314

Mary and Lorenzo Tafoya (Santo Domingo Pueblo) combine their artistic talents to create unique, traditional and contemporary jewelry. Using their artwork, they will discuss the history, traditions, and lifestyle of the Santo Domingo Pueblo tribe of New Mexico. The Tafoyas are the featured artists for the Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program for the month of November. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art in Indianapolis, IN.


Eiteljorg Museum Visiting Artists: Mary & Lorenzo Tafoya (Santo Domingo)
Thursday, November 14, 2013
6:00 - 7:30 pm  |  Elm Room, West Lafayette Public Library

Mary and Lorenzo Tafoya (Santo Domingo Pueblo) combine their artistic talents to create unique, traditional and contemporary jewelry. Using their artwork, they will discuss the history, traditions, and lifestyle of the Santo Domingo Pueblo tribe of New Mexico. The Tafoyas are the featured artists for the Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program for the month of November. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art in Indianapolis, IN


Rock Your Mocs
Friday, November 15, 2013
All Day

For many Indigenous people, moccasins have historically been their first form of shoes created out of deer, elk, buffalo and moose hide. Each tribal nation has their own moccasin design and traditional significance that is connected to families, stories, legends and ceremonies. Rock Your Mocs is a social movement across the U.S. designed to raise the awareness of the continued existence of Indigenous People. As part of Native American Heritage Month, we encourage the Purdue Native community to wear moccasins all day to show your Indian pride.


NAECC "Souper" Friday: featuring Native American Corn Soup & Frybread
Friday, November 15, 2013
Noon - 1:00 pm  |  NAECC

Purdue University’s chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and the Native American Student Association (NASA) will host the Souper Friday event and serve soup and frybread. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Purdue AISES, and NASA.


NAECC Movie Night:  More than Frybread
Friday, November 15, 2013
6:00 - 7:30 pm  |  STEW 314

A Native American mockumentary featuring a state wide frybread competition set in Flagstaff, Arizona with 22 tribal representatives/frybread makers competing for the championship title. 2012. Rated: PG. Popcorn and lemonade will be served.


CANCELLED  -- NAECC Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series
presents Justin McHorse (Taos Pueblo)
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
1:00 - 2:30 pm  |  STEW 314

Justin McHorse (Taos Pueblo) is the Director of the American Indian Program at New Mexico State University and holds an MBA from the Purdue Krannert School of Management. McHorse will present on the challenges of maintaining Native identity in the 21st century and the importance for Native students to return to tribal communities. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center and Krannert School of Management.


Contemporary Natives:  Looking Beyond the Historical Stoic Indians
Thursday, November 21, 2013
11:30 am - 1:00 pm  |  The Gathering Place, Meredith Hall
Event for Purdue Staff only. Reservations required through Eventbrite

First impressions of Native American people often result in textbook images of tipis, buffalos and historical figures of the past. This panel presentation will raise the awareness of current issues taking place within tribal communities such as Native identity, health issues and the common misconceptions. Panelist will include Purdue Native American faculty, students and staff. This event is for Purdue staff only. Reservations are required. Sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center and Housing and Food Services Cultural Programs Office 


NAECC Craft Circle
Thursday, November 21, 2013
3:00 - 5:00 pm  |  NAECC

Take part in this interactive arts and craft session lead by a local Native American artist. Join this circle of Purdue students, faculty and staff and Learn about different traditions behind the artwork. Reservations are required, contact the NAECC to reserve your spot.