Fall 2021 Events


Reclaiming Indigenous Food Systems

This fall, Indigenous foods will be the focal point for NAECC programs and events. We will explore seed rematriation, ancestral gardening techniques, foraging and harvesting of traditional plants, food sovereignty, traditional recipes, and sharing stories such as the “Three Sisters” represented by corn, beans, and squash. Join us as we reconnect and reclaim Indigenous food systems that were lost through colonization and learn about land preservation through an Indigenous perspective.

 

Express Fest, Cultural Center Open House

Wednesday, August 25 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Cultural Center Lawn

This open house and resource fair puts students on the fast track to connecting to campus resources and student organizations at Purdue University. Join us for live performances, tours of the AAARCC, LCC, and NAECC, and games on the lawn.

This event is held in collaboration with the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC) and the Latino Cultural Center (LCC) with support from the Diverse Student Organization Council.


NAECC Throwback Thursday Chats

Thursday, September 9 | 3:00 – 3:30 pm | Virtual

Purdue NAECC’s special version of Throwback Thursdays continues into this fall! Join us for these informal visits with Purdue alumni, relive their days as students, and see how they continue to show their Boilermaker pride.

This first and expanded session for the fall semester, include special guests:

Dr. Jeremy Garcia (Hopi/Tewa), EDUC’11, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Arizona

Dr. Hollie Kulago (Dine’), EDUC’11/MS’01, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Penn State University

Dr. Valerie Shirley (Dine’), EDUC’11, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Arizona

 

Tribal Trivia Tuesdays

Tuesday, September 14 | 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm | NAECC lawn

“Who wears the t-shirt ‘Frybread Power’ in the movie, ‘Smoke Signals’? You bring your lunch and we’ll provide snacks to our first trivia lunch event. Test your knowledge on trivia focused on Indigenous People and tribal nations.

 

NAECC Visiting Artist: Katrina Mitten

Thursday, September 16 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm | NAECC 

Katrina Mitten is a member of the Miami tribe of Oklahoma, born and raised in Indiana – her tribal homelands. Inspired at the age of 12 to pursue an art traditional to the Great Lakes People, she began learning the art of embroidery style Native beadwork. Sign up for this interactive workshop where Katrina will share her artistic work and share her knowledge of the beadwork.

Mitten is the featured artist for the Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program for the month of September.

This event is held in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art. 

Pre-registration is required, https://bit.ly/3zV3PfR

 

Power Friday: Conversations in Indigenous Education

Friday, September 17 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | STEW 278

Join this panel discussion focused on current research, challenges, and advocacy in Indigenous education. Invited panelists include Purdue alumni Dr. Hollie Anderson Kulago (Diné), Dr. Jeremy Garcia (Hopi/Tewa), and Dr. Valerie Shirley (Diné). Pre-registration is required: https://tinyurl.com/s2rtz9hy

This event is sponsored by the College of Education in collaboration with the NAECC.

 

Cooking Demonstration with Dr. Lisa Platero Brown

Wednesday, September 22 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Zoom Link, Meeting ID: 946 8805 2378; Passcode: 299457

Native American author, educator, and entrepreneur Dr. Lisa Platero Brown will share her recipes and cooking tips from her new book, “The Living Full Cookbook: Making Family Meals Abundantly Good.” Join us as she leads a virtual cooking demonstration and provides meal preparation ideas.

Brown founded the Living Full Company and authored “The Living Full Cookbook”. She grew up on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico where family meals were more than food. They were a lifeline that connected her to her family, culture, and heritage providing great joy, strength, and perseverance.

 

NAECC Throwback Thursday Chats

Thursday, September 23 | 1:00 – 1:30 pm | Virtual

Purdue NAECC’s special version of Throwback Thursdays continues into this fall! Join us for these informal visits with Purdue alumni, relive their days as students, and see how they continue to show their Boilermaker pride.

Special guest: Erin Locke (Citizens Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma), LIBA’21.

 

Tribal Trivia Tuesdays

Tuesday, September 28 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | NAECC 

How many Indigenous languages are still alive in the U.S.? Join us for dinner and test your knowledge on trivia focused on Indigenous People and tribal nations.

 

Historical Injustices of Indian Boarding Schools: A Dialogue with Dr. Farina King and Dr. Davina Two Bears

Thursday, September 30 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | BRNG 2290

Cultural assimilation was the cornerstone of early Indian education policies and the inter-generational pain and suffering continues to impact Indigenous people. Join us as we discuss the history of federal Indian boarding schools on the Navajo Nation with scholars Farina King, Ph.D., and Davina Two Bears, Ph.D.

King, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is an Associate Professor of History and affiliated faculty of Cherokee and Indigenous Studies at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. She specializes in twentieth-century Native American Studies, especially American Indian boarding school histories, and author of the book, “The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes in the Twentieth Century.”

Two Bears, Diné (Navajo) originally from Birdsprings, AZ, is currently a visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Postdoctoral Fellow at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Her dissertation topic derives from her grandparents’ oral history about the Old Leupp Boarding School, an early twentieth century Federal Indian Boarding School located on the southwestern Navajo Reservation.

This event is held in collaboration with the College of Education Diversity Committee and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor Program.

 

Indigenous Peoples Day

Monday, October 11 | All Day

Join the national programs taking part across the U.S. and follow us on social media as we highlight and promote events throughout the day.

 

Indigenous Peoples Day Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, October 13 | 5:00 – 6:00 pm | NAECC

Let’s talk about social justice issues, Native activism, contemporary Indigenous Peoples, and we’ll provide a realistic view of what it is to be Indigenous in 2021! Take part in this discussion focused on Native films and documentaries.

 

Reception for Visiting Scholar Susan Burch, Middlebury College

Thursday, October 14  |  11:00 am - Noon  |  NAECC

RSVP here. Reception hosted by NAECC in collaboration with the Critical Disabilities Studies and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor Program

 

Critical Disability Studies 2021 Fall Lecture: Institutional Racism: Survival and Resistance at the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians, 1902 – 2015 by author Susan Burch

Thursday, October 14 | 5:00 – 6:00 pm | WALC 2051

Susan Burch, author of “Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and beyond Institutions” will speak as part of the Critical Disability Studies 2021 Fall Lecture series.

This event is sponsored by the Critical Disability Studies Program in collaboration with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor Program and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center

Weblink: https://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/sis/p/disability-studies/

 

Cancelled - Indigenous Peoples Day Community Dinner

Friday, October 15 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | NAECC

Sharing food and Indigenous knowledge go hand in hand and we’re excited to host a traditional meal of taa’niil (blue corn mush) and chi’il ahwéhé dééh (Navajo tea) with our campus community.

 

NAECC Visiting Artist: Melanie Sainz

Tuesday, October 19 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm | STEW 310

Melanie Tallmadge Sainz is Ho-Chunk and grew up in the Wisconsin Dells, where her parents Roger and Bernadine Tallmadge owned and operated the Winnebago Indian Museum for many years. She is an artist in several media including basketry, quillwork, and beadwork. Sign up for this interactive workshop where Melanie will share her artistic work and share her knowledge of the Ho-Chunk People.

Sainz is the featured artist for the Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program for the month of October.

This event is held in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art. 

Pre-registration is required, https://bit.ly/38VbZZq

 

NAECC Throwback Thursday Chats

Thursday, October 21 | 3:00 – 3:30 pm | NAECC YouTube

Purdue NAECC’s special version of Throwback Thursdays continues into this fall! Join us for these informal visits with Purdue alumni, relive their days as students, and see how they continue to show their Boilermaker pride.

Special guest: Dr. Chelsea (Scheidler) Hamilton, DVM’15, Veterinarian, Iowa Department of Agriculture/Affiliated Assistant Professor in Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University

 

Cancelled - Tribal Trivia Tuesdays

Tuesday, October 26 | 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm | NAECC

Who was the first Native American astronaut to fly into space? Bonus if you know his tribal affiliation. You bring your lunch and we’ll provide snacks to our trivia lunch event. Test your knowledge on trivia focused on Indigenous People and tribal nations.

 

CELD Lunch and Learn: Using Issue Education as a Tool for Change

November 3 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm  |  Zoom, Register here

This week of Lunch & Learns, presented by CELD in partnership with Purdue cultural centers, will focus on the different ways of bringing about social change. We will learn about 5 different approaches about how each may be needed. This 5-part series can be enjoyed in full by attending all 5 sessions, but participants are welcome to attend individual sessions that fit into their schedule. Come learn about the role of education in raising awareness about a social issue and mobilizing people to action. All participants will receive a meal voucher for Purdue Food Co. RSVP required: tinyurl.com/FALL2021LL. This event is held in collaboration with the Civic Engagement and Leadership Development.

 

From Harvesting Manoomin to Reconnecting with the Land: Exploring Indigenous Foods Systems with Jerry Jondreau

Wednesday, November 3 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm | NAECC

Jerry Jondreau from Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and owner of Dynamite Hill Farms will share his knowledge on harvesting manoomin(wild rice), tapping maple trees, and other traditional methods of gathering Indigenous foods.

This event will be held in collaboration with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor Program and Purdue chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).

 

The Jondreau Decision and Struggles for Indigenous Treaty Rights

Thursday, November 4 | 12 noon – 1:30 pm | NAECC

Native American Heritage Month lunch presentation focuses on the Jondreau decision and the Indigenous Peoples of Keweenaw Bay and Lake Superior. Presenter Jerry Jondreau will provide insight on this legal decision centering on his grandfather, William “BoyzieJondreauand his struggles to retain harvesting treaty rights in upper Michigan. Bring your lunch and we will provide dessert.

This event will be held in collaboration with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor Program.

 

Spirit and Place Festival: Truthsgiving: Using Food to Dismantle a Colonial Myth

Tuesday, November 9 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Eiteljorg Museum, downtown Indianapolis | Registration Required

Through cooking demonstration and more, explore why romanticized versions of Thanksgiving are harmful to Native People and how you can incorporate Indigenized alternatives into your celebration. Enjoy a conversation about the mythology of the “first Thanksgiving” with Jonathan James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag) and a cooking demonstration led by food journalist Andi Murphy (Navajo) to learn more about food sovereignty. This event is part of the Spirit and Place Festival

This event is held in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission.

 

NAECC Crafting Time: Pottery

Friday, November 12 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm | Pao Hall | Registration Required

Want to make your own piece of art and get your hands dirty with clay? Join us for this crafting time as we learn about pottery with Desirae Brown with the Ceramics Program in the Department of Art and Design.

 

Holiday Card Making Event with SACNAS and AISES 

Tuesday, November 16 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | NAECC | Register here

Join us for this year-end event featuring students from SACNAS and Purdue student chapter of AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society). Bring your creative energy as we make holiday cards and learn how you can get involved with these student organizations.

 

Preparing for the Holidays: Cooking Demonstration with Dr. Lisa Platero Brown

Wednesday, November 17 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Virtual Event

Native American author, educator, and entrepreneur Dr. Lisa Platero Brown is back! Join us as she leads another cooking demonstration and shares some holiday recipes from her new book, “The Living Full Cookbook: Making Family Meals Abundantly Good.” 

Brown founded the Living Full Company and authored “The Living Full Cookbook”. She grew up on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico where family meals were more than food. They were a lifeline that connected her to her family, culture, and heritage providing great joy, strength, and perseverance.

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 967 8494 1355
Passcode: 940220

 

NAECC Visiting Artist: Margaret Jacobs

Thursday, November 18 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm | Virtual Event | Register here

Born and raised in northern New York, Margaret Jacobs is an enrolled member of the Akwesasne Mohawk tribe. She is known for her sculpture, jewelry, and drawings and uses all three approaches to explore the tension and harmony between nature and man-made, often intermingling unexpected and contradicting materials to explore those relationships. Jacobs is the featured artist for the Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program for the month of November.

Join us for this virtual event and our talented guest will lead us in a craft demonstration. Pre-registration is required and supplies will be available at the NAECC prior to the event. Confirmation details will be sent to all guests who pre-register.

This event is held in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art.  

 

2021 Roc Your Mocs at Purdue

Friday, November 19 | All Day | Virtual Event

Take part in this world-wide social media event showcasing Indigenous Pride! “We honor our ancestors and Indigenous Peoples worldwide, during Rock Your Mocs events and commemorate National Native American Heritage Month” – rockyourmocs.org. Wear your moccasins and post your picture, tag the #PurdueNAECC on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. #ROCKYOURMOCS #RYM21

 

Tribal Trivia Tuesdays

Tuesday, November 30 | 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm | NAECC 

Who was the first Native American astronaut to fly into space? Bonus if you know his tribal affiliation. You bring your lunch and we’ll provide snacks to our trivia lunch event. Test your knowledge on trivia focused on Indigenous People and tribal nations.

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