Fall 2022 Events

Purdue NAECC: Celebrating 15 Years of Indigenous Excellence

Express Fest

Wednesday, August 24 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm | Cultural Center Lawn (back of the NAECC)

Join the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC), Latino Cultural Center (LCC), and the NAECC for this annual open house and resource fair. Enjoy tours of the cultural centers, lawn games, connecting with campus resources and student organizations, live performances, lawn games, and more! All are welcome!

Express Fest entertainment will include live dance performance by Bizhiki Cultural and Dance Company.

This event is held in collaboration with the AAARCC, LCC, and Friends of Downtown - Lafayette, IN. Partial funding from Student Activity Fee.


To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth - Jeffrey Gibson

August 22 - October 7 | Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Stewart Center | Gallery Hours: 12:00 - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday 

Painting and prints featuring multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Choctaw/Cherokee) and winner of the 2019 MacArthur Fellowship. This exhibition is a collaborative project with Purdue Galleries celebrating the 10th anniversary of the LGBTQ Center and the 15th anniversary of the NAECC. 

This event is held in collaboration with the Purdue Galleries, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and LGBTQ Center.


The Alaska Native Sisterhood/Brotherhood: The Fight for Indigenous Rights in the Early 20th Century

Wednesday, September 28 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm | STEW 314

The Alaska Native Sisterhood and Alaska Native Brotherhood, formed in 1912 and 1915, respectively, were Tlingit political organizations formed to fight for traditional land use rights as well as legal rights in the ten-segregated territory of Alaska. Join us as Anthropologist Eleanor Hadden (Tlingit/Haida/Tsimshian) provides an overview of the work of these organizations in the struggle for Indigenous rights.

This event is held in collaboration with the Native American and Indigenous Studies, Human Rights Studies, Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) Program, and the Department of Anthropology.


Preserving Our Traditions: Storytelling with Monica Raphael

Thursday, September 29 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | NAECC

Monica Raphael (Anishinaabe/Sicangu Lakota) is a fifth generation quill worker and culture bearer who spends most of her life in the woodlands of northern lower Michigan. She will lead a public presentation focused on storytelling and working with birch bark and quill work. Raphael is the Eiteljorg Museum's featured Artist-in-Residence for September.

This event is held in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum located in downtown Indianapolis, IN.


Searching for My Great Aunt Mary

Friday, September 30 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm | WALC 3087

Starting in the late 19th and continuing well into the 20th-century thousands of Indigenous children in the United States and Canada were removed from their homes and sent to boarding schools, often run by religious organizations, with the goal of assimilating them into Euroamerican/Candian society while simultaneously undermining their Indigenous identity. Anthropologist Eleanor Hadden (Tlingit/Haida/Tsimshian) has been interviewed by news outlets and documentarians, and testified before the U.N. Human Rights Council, about her investigation into what happened to her mother's sister who was sent from Alaska to Carlisle Indian Boarding School as a child, never to be seen again by her family. This presentation provides an overview of Eleanor's journey to find her missing aunt. 

This event is held in collaboration with the Native American and Indigenous Studies, Human Rights Studies, Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) Program, and the Department of Anthropology.


NAECC Artist-in-Residence: Canoe Maker Wayne Valliere

Monday, September 26 - Monday, October 10 | NAECC

Wayne Valliere (Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) is a cultural educator and he is one of six remaining traditional canoe builders among the Anishinaabe. As part of his two-week residency, Valliere will construct a birch bark canoe made solely of natural products using traditional Anishinaabe techniques.

This event is held in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, Purdue student chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the Native American Student Association, and partial funding from Student Fee Advisory Board.

 


Indigenous Peoples' Day - Canoe Launch 

Monday, October 10 | 1:00 - 3:30 pm | Tapawingo Park and NAECC

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day, the handcrafted birch bark canoe built by Wayne Valliere (Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), his apprentices, and the Purdue community will launch on the Wabash River. Afterwards, join us at the NAECC as we host a community dinner.

Schedule of Events

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Canoe Launch and Blessing, Tapapwingo Park (100 Tapawingo Dr, West Lafayette, IN)

2:15 - 3:30 pm: NAECC Community Dinner (903 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN)

This event is held in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, Purdue student chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the Native American Student Association, and partial funding from Student Fee Advisory Board.


Art Workshop with Eiteljorg Museum's Visiting Artist Emily Guerrero

Thursday, October 13 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm | NAECC

Emily Guerrero (Mexica Indigenous) is a storyteller and folk artist who embodies her ancestral traditions and encourages and inspires audiences to expand their knowledge of diverse cultures. Her performances, installation arts, and workshops of various age audiences offer insight to the diverse montage of the multicultural communities. As founder of "Mexica-Arts,"  Guerrero is a dedicated and passionate advocate of cultural arts.

Join us as Guerrero leads an interactive workshop focused on folk art. She is the Eiteljorg Museum's featured Artist-in-Residence for the month of October. Advance registration is required.

This event is held in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum and the Latino Cultural Center.


Native American Heritage Month Events 

November 1 - 30, 2022

All events can be found under the "Native American Heritage Month" tab or click here 

 


NAECC Stress Free Zone 

Decorating Holiday  Cookies

 Wednesday, 12/7 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | NAECC

Join us for a delicious study break which includes icing, sprinkles and fresh, baked cookies.

Holiday Cards

Wednesday, 12/7 | All day | NAECC

Make a holiday card for your family and friends, all supplies are provided. Donated cards will be sent to elders in Native communities in the Southwest.

 

Beading Circle

Thursday, 12/8 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | NAECC

Interested in learning how to bead? Bring your creative energy and we have the supplies.

Holiday Cards

Wednesday, 12/7 | All day | NAECC

Share your artistic abilities with us as we continue to make holiday cards throughout the week. 

 

Therapy Dogs

Friday, 12/9 | 10:00 - 11:00 am | NAECC

We save the best for last, therapy dogs at the NAECC to help you relieve some stress as you continue preparing for finals.

Beading Cirlce

Friday, 12/9 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | NAECC

We're wrapping up the week with this last beading session to finish up your projects. 

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