Upcoming NAECC Events

Fall 2019 

NAECC Open House
Wed, September 4  |  4:00 - 6:00 pm  |  NAECC
Fall kick-off event to showcase the NAECC to students, faculty, and staff. Tour the Center, meet with faculty and staff, and learn about the exciting programs and events scheduled for the fall semester.

Student Org Call Out Meeting
Wed, September 4  |  6:00 - 7:00 pm  |  NAECC
Join us for a dessert social and discover how you can get involved with the student organizations; Purdue AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society), NASA (Native American Student Association), and PCCP (Polynesian Culture Club of Purdue) are looking for new members for this academic year. 
Sponsored by NAECC, Purdue AISES, NASA, and PCCP

Aloha Fridays – Film Documentary and Discussion on Mauna Kea
Fri, September 13  |  1:00 – 3:00 pm  |  NAECC
Celebrated on the Hawaiian Islands as an end to the work week, we’re bringing some “Aloha” to Purdue by exploring and honoring Native Hawaiian cultures and traditions. Join us as we gather and “talk story” about the current issues taking place at Mauna Kea. Discussion will follow the film documentary, “Mauna Kea – Temple Under Siege.”  Sponsored by NAECC in collaboration with the Polynesian Culture Club of Purdue.

NAECC Visiting Artist featuring Jason Wesaw (Pokagon Potawatomi)
Wed, September 18  |  3:00 - 5:00 pm  |  NAECC
Jason Wesaw (Pokagon Potawatomi) is a ceramic, fiber, and mixed media artist who has devoted his life to the study and preservation of Potawatomi culture. Join us for this painting workshop as he shares his knowledge in blending the traditional ways and contemporary techniques. Wesaw is the featured artist for the fall 2019 Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program. Advance registration is required at http://bit.ly/2TqoUtR. Sponsored by NAECC in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum. 

CELD Lunch and Learn: Protection of Native American Cultural Resources through Repatriation
Tues, September 24  |  Noon - 1:00 pm  |   NAECC
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was passed in 1990 to combat the theft of Indigenous religious practices, display of Native American human remains, and inappropriate sale of sacred objects yet it continues to be a major issue in Indian Country. Dorene Red Cloud (Oglala Lakota), Assistant Curator of Native American Arts at the Eiteljorg Museum, will discuss current repatriation efforts, provide basic knowledge of NAGPRA and other new legislation to support the return of cultural items, and share information on the protection of Indigenous cultural resources. Sponsored by NAECC in collaboration with Civic Engagement and Leadership Development.

Aloha Fridays - Cooking Demonstration
Fri, October 11  |  1:00 - 3:00 pm  |  NAECC 
Celebrated on the Hawaiian Islands as an end to the work week, we’re bringing some “Aloha” to Purdue by exploring and honoring Native Hawaiian cultures and traditions. Join us as we gather and “talk story” about the importance of traditional Hawaiian foods. Stay long enough for our cooking demonstration featuring some delicious Hawaiian dishes. Sponsored by NAECC in collaboration with the Polynesian Culture Club of Purdue.

Fall NDN Road Trip: Eiteljorg Museum and Indianapolis Repertory Theatre play, “And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears”
Sat, October 19  |  Bus will leave NAECC at Noon for Indianapolis and return at 10:00 pm  
Join us for a transformative cultural experience on our first NDN road trip to Indianapolis. We will start the afternoon with a visit to the Eiteljorg Museum where we will explore the rich Native American history and cultures. After dinner, we will walk to the Indianapolis Repertory Theatre for the theatrical performance, “And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears” featuring Cherokee actor and artist DeLanna Studi. “This one-woman play probes the complexities and conflicts that the Cherokee Nation still wrestle with today, almost 200 years after their forced relocation.” (IRT) Register for this trip by Friday, October 4 at http://bit.ly/2Z3kWsr.  

Lecture Presentation: “Diné Survival and Resistance in the Old Leupp Boarding School”
by Dr. Davina Two Bears
Thurs, October 24  |  6:00 – 7:30 pm  |  STEW 278 
The Old Leupp Boarding School (OLBS) was a Federal Indian Boarding School that operated on the southwest Navajo Reservation from 1909 to 1942. Through an analysis of Diné oral history and a critical review of historical records, Dr. Davina Two Bears (Diné) documented the history of the OLBS and how Diné children resisted and survived assimilation in the early 20th century. Two Bears received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Indiana University-Bloomington, completed her residency as the “Charles Eastman Fellow” at Dartmouth College, and was selected as the 2019-2020 “Anne Ray Fellow” at the School for Advance Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

“Pokégnek Bodéwadmik: Keeper’s of the Fire”
Native American Heritage Month Opening Lecture by Dr. John Low
Fri, November 1  |  11:30 am - 1:00 pm  |  STEW 310
Dr. John Low (Pokagon Potawatomi) will provide a historical overview of the Pokagon Potawatomi, their connection to Mother Earth, and the continuous challenges they face for language preservation. Low is Associate Professor in Comparative Studies at Ohio State University-Newark, recently selected as the Director of the Newark Earths Center (NEC), and author of “Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians & the City of Chicago.”

Film Documentary Screening and Discussion of “Dawnland”  
Tues, November 5  |  6:00 – 730 pm  |  STEW 278 
“’My foster mother told me…she would save me from being Penobscot.’ For most of the 20th century, government agents systemically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who tried to erase their cultural identity. Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories…” Tugg Edu films. Awards: Woods Hole Jury Award 2018-Best Documentary; Buffalo International Film Festival Jury Award 2018-Best Documentary; and Tacoma Film Festival Audience Award 2018-Best Documentary. (Not Rated) 86 minutes.

NAECC Visiting Artist featuring Kathy Dickerson (Kiowa)
Thurs, November 14 |  1:00 - 3:00 pm  |  NAECC
Katherine “Kathy” Dickerson (Kiowa) has spent her entire life learning the craft, culture, and history of her tribe from elders and family. Join us for an afternoon presentation filled with her knowledge of Kiowa history through storytelling, songs, and artwork. Dickerson is the featured artist for the fall 2019 Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program. Sponsored by NAECC in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum

Aloha Fridays – Native Hawaiian Plants and DIY Plant Party
Fri, November 15  |  1:00 – 3:00 pm  |  NAECC
Celebrated on the Hawaiian Islands as an end to the work week, we’re bringing some “Aloha” to Purdue by exploring and honoring Native Hawaiian cultures and traditions. Join us as we gather and “talk story” about the cultural and spiritual connection between the Earth and Hawaiian plants. At the conclusion of the presentation, spend some time painting a clay pot and plant your succulent to take with you. Sponsored by NAECC in collaboration with the Polynesian Culture Club of Purdue

“Toward Equity-Oriented K-12 Classrooms: Challenging Deficit Views of Science Teaching and Learning” NAECC Indigenous Alumni Speaker Series presents Dr. Candice Guy-Gaytán
Thurs, November 21  |  2:00 - 3:30 pm  |  Stanley Coulter 239
This speaker series features distinguished Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Purdue alumni who are making outstanding contributions in Native American communities and accomplishments in their profession. Dr. Candice Guy-Gaytán represents the Delaware Tribe of Indians and is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of Nevada Reno. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Purdue University and her Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of California, Davis. Sponsored by NAECC in collaboration with Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership, Multicultural Science Programs and Purdue SACNAS.

De-Stress Week
Mon, December 2 - Fri, December 6 
More details coming soon

NAECC Holiday and Graduation Celebration
Fri, December 6  |  5:00 - 7:00 pm  |  NAECC
Details coming soon



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