Spring 2024 Programs and Events


NAECC Earth Day Celebration featuring Tlingit Artist Timothy Flanery

Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 | NAECC

From Ketchikan, Alaska, Timothy Gaanaxayayaada Flanery is a multi-talented Tlingit carver and jewelry artist and our featured guest to celebrate Earth Day at the NAECC. Join us as he shares his traditional stories related to his artwork and demonstrations.

Monday, 4/22: Art Demonstration | 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Tuesday, 4/23: Lunch Presentation | 12 noon to 1:30 pm 

Tuesday, 4/23: Art Demonstration | 2:00 to 4:00 pm 

Event held in collaboration with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, Purdue Indigenous Student Association, and partial funding through SFAB.


MMIW Red Dress Awareness Day

Thursday, April 25 | NAECC

The NAECC and campus partners will work collectively to observe Red Dress Day on Thursday, April 25th to raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People (MMIWGTS). Red dresses will be displayed throughout campus to highlight domestic violence and this national epidemic impacting tribal communities across the U.S. Help us by following Purdue NAECC on social media.

Film Screening and Discussion "Bring Her Home"

12 noon to 1:30 pm | NAECC

"Bring Her Home follows three Indigenous women – an artist, an activist, and a politician – as they fight to vindicate and honor their missing and murdered relatives who have fallen victims to a growing epidemic across Indian country. Despite the lasting effects from historical trauma, each woman must search for healing while navigating racist systems that brought about this very crisis." - PBS


Stress Free Zone -  April 22 through April 26, 2024

Join us during Quiet Week for events to help relieve stress as you prepare for finals.

Monday, 4/22 and Tuesday, 4/23
Earth Day Celebration featuring Tlingit Artist Timothy Flanery

See schedule above

Wednesday, 4/24 
Chair Massages

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Free chair massages at the NAECC! Sign up for a 10 minute massage by contacting Tiffany Lechuga, email at tcusterl@purdue.edu or call 765-494-4540. Special thanks to Recreation and Wellness from Purdue Co-Rec for offering the massage therapy.

Thursday, 4/25
Game Night

4:00 to 6:00 pm

Take a study break, play some board games, and we'll add dinner too!

Friday, 4/26
Tie Dye

1:00 - 3:00 pm

We'll supply the t-shirts and paint and you bring your good vibes to color your shirt.


NAECC Craft Circle

Monthly Program | 2 to 4 pm | NAECC

We'll provide the supplies and you bring your creativity to our monthly craft circles. 

Tuesday, February 6: Yarnwork

Tuesday, March 19: Gourd Painting

Tuesday, April 16: Tie Dye shirts

Partial funding provided by SFAB. 

Spilling the Tea

Monthly Program | 5 to 6 pm | NAECC

Engagement series with invited guests sharing stories centered on Indigenous traditions, ecosystems, and advocacy (TEA). Each week includes traditional Native American teas.

Thursday, February 6: Sharing of Traditional Navajo Stories featuring Navajo tea

Thursday, March 28: TBD

Thursday, April 11: TBD

Partial funding provided by SFAB. 

NAECC Spring Film Series featuring "Native America"

Monday, March 4th thru Thursday, March 7th | 6:00 - 7:30 pm | NAECC 

A four-part film series featuring Native American directors, "Native America" showcases the resilience and power of Indigenous People. This film series is produced by PBS and funding provided by Partnership with Native Americans.

Monday, March 4: "Warrior Spirit"

"Across Native America, warrior traditions support incredible athletes and connect people to combat, games, and glory. Celebrate and honor the men and women who live and breathe this legacy today." - PBS

Tuesday, March 5: "New World"

"Native innovators lead a revolution in music, building, and space exploration. From the surface of Mars to the New York City hip hop scene to the Pine Ridge Reservation, Native traditions are transforming life on Earth and other worlds." - PBS

Wednesday, March 6: "Women Rule"

"Native women are leading, innovating, and inspiring in the arts, politics, and protecting the planet. Native America explores the diverse ways they carry forward deep traditions to better their communities, their land, and the world." 

Thursday, March 7: "Language Is Life"

"Celebrate the power of Native languages and the inspirational people who are saving them. From secret recordings to 'Star Wars' films dubbed in Navajo, following the revolutionary steps transforming Native America." - PBS

Partial funding provided by SFAB. 


Spring Lunchbox Book Discussion - "The Seed Keeper"

Wednesday, April 3 | 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm | NAECC

Join us for this book discussion and lunch featuring "The Seed Keeper" by author Diane Wilson (Dakota). "Weaving together the voices of four indelible women, 'The Seed Keeper' is a beautifully told story of reawakening, of remembering our original relationships to the seeds, and through them, our ancestors." - Milkweed Edition

Pre-registration is required for this event. 

Event held in collaboration with University Libraries and School of Information Studies











 Fall 2023 Events

Express Fest

Wednesday, August 23 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm | Cultural Center Lawn

Annual open house welcoming students to the fall semester featuring student resource fair, connect with Purdue departments and organizations, live performance, and tours of the cultural centers.  

Event held in collaboration with the Asian American and Asian Resource Cultural Center (AAARCC), Latino Cultural Center (LCC), and funding support from the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (ODIB)

A Conversation with Oklahoma Cherokee Artist Bryan Waytula 

Thursday, September 14 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm | NAECC 

As part of the Eiteljorg Museum's Artist-in-Residence, Bryant Waytula (Cherokee) from Sand Springs, Oklahoma will join us on campus for an enlightening conversation focused on his artistic journey and his motivation from his mother and grandmother, both considered Cherokee Treasures in the art of basketry. Waytula is the featured Artist-in-Residence for the month of September at the Eiteljorg Museum.

Event held in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum. 


Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration

Storytelling and Weaving Demonstration featuring Tsimshian Artists, David R. Boxley and Kandi McGilton
Wednesday, October 11 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm | NAECC 
NAECC Garden Clean-up
Thursday, October 12 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm 
NAECC Three Sisters Garden Community Lunch
Friday, October 13 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm | NAECC   


Fall 2023 Programs

Spilling the TEA

5:00 - 6:00 pm | NAECC 

Fall engagement speaker series with invited guests sharing their stories centered on Indigenous traditions, ecosystems, and advocacy (TEA). Each week will include Indigenous teas from tribal nations across the U.S.

Tuesday, September 12: Welcome and Introduction

Tuesday, September 26: CARE

Tuesday, October 17: Three Sisters Garden

Tuesday, October 31: "Killers of the Flower Moon" Book Discusson

Tuesday, November 14: Native American Heritage Month

Tuesday, November 28: Discussion on Great Lakes Native Culture with Monica Raphael


**Recurring programs are provided with partial funding from Purdue Student Fee Advisory Board


Fall Wellness Wednesdays

4:00 - 5:00 pm | NAECC 

Fall program series focused on wellness, self-care, and restoration. Join us for the following programs:

Wednesday, September 13: Art Therapy featuring CARE

Wednesday, October 11: Sewing Personal Pillows

Wednesday, November 15: Painting Canvas Bags


**Recurring programs are provided with partial funding from Purdue Student Fee Advisory Board



Stress Free Zone - December 4th through 8th, 2023 

Events held during Purdue's Quiet Week to help students prepare for finals and relieve stress with program, activities, and food! An added bonus, dinner (lunch on Friday) will be provided for students. All events will take place at the NAECC.

NAECC Extended Hours for Quiet Week
Monday through Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm



Monday, December 4
"Elf" Movie Marathon

1:00 - 4:00 pm

A holiday tradition continues, stop by to watch the movie classic, "Elf" and enjoy some of his favorite snacks.

5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner: Pasta Night

Tuesday, December 5
Craft Time

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Bring your creativity and sew a personal pillow and make friendship bracelets. 

Therapy Dogs

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Enjoy some canine comfort with a few of our four-legged friends. 

5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner: Tacos


Wednesday, December 6
DIY Aromatherapy

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Create your own relaxation roller balls and bracelets with essential oils. 

Chair Massages

2:30 - 4:30 pm

Free chair massages at the NAECC! Sign up for a 10 minute massage by contacting Tiffany Lechuga, email at tcusterl@purdue.edu or call 765-494-4540. Special thanks to Recreation and Wellness from Purdue Co-Rec for offering the massage therapy.

5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner: Home-made Waffles

Thursday, December 7
Craft Time

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Relieve some stress through painting ornaments, affirmation rocks, or canvas bags, we have plenty of paint to go around. 

5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner: Chili and Hot Soup


Friday, December 8
Holiday Cookie Decorating

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Finish off the week of studying with a tasty cookies and personalize it with your favorite holiday decorations. 

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch: Sandwiches





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