Eastern Band Cherokee Nation members to visit Purdue's campus

February 26, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Elders, artists and scholars from the Eastern Band Cherokee Indians of North Carolina will travel to Purdue’s campus this spring in conjunction with the Cherokee Visiting Artists and Scholars Partnership.

Visitors will be based at the Native American Educational and Cultural Center for discussions and workshops. All activities are free and open to the public. Campus-wide presentations include:

 * Butch and Louise Goings, basket makers and carvers. March 2. 3-4:30 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 322.

* Darrin Bark, potter and painter. March 25. 10-11:30 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 320.

* Walker Calhoun and family, cultural historian and Raven Rock traditional dance group. Date, time and location TBA.

* Marie Junaluska, linguist and former Tribal Council member. April 28. 1:30-3 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 322.

The Cherokee Visiting Artists and Scholars Partnership is sponsored by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Eastern Band Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, Purdue’s Office of the Provost, Purdue’s Tecumseh Program, and Purdue’s Native American Educational and Cultural Center.

For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/naecc/

Writer:     Natalie Palmer, 765-396-3006, ncfox@purdue.edu

Source: Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, director, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, 765-494-4539, fahastee@purdue.edu