Native American Heritage Month 2022

This November 2022, the NAECC is excited to celebrate Native American Heritage Month to recognize, honor, and showcase Indigenous Peoples! Join us for upcoming events featuring traditional and contemporary Native American scholars, artists, food demonstrations, and programs highlighting the resiliency of American Indians in Indiana and across the U.S.

Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month, 2022

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb - Native American Heritage Month 2022 

National Native American Heritage Month


Lunch & Learn Series - Taking Action - Community Organizing 

Tuesday, November 1 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | NAECC

 Community organizing builds meaningful relationships with people in our communities based on shared values and common concerns. This workshop will equip you with the tools to build relationships and power to effectively bring about social change. 

This week of Lunch & Learns is presented by the Roger C. Stewart Leadership and Professional Development program in partnership with the Purdue Cultural Centers. The "Taking Action" series is intended to move you beyond the ballot box and into the community. This five-part series can be enjoyed in full by attending all five sessions, but participants are welcome to attend individual sessions that fit into their schedule. Lunch will be provided.

This event is held in collaboration with the Roger C. Stewart Leadership and Professional Development Department.

Art Workshop with Karen Ann Hoffman

Wednesday, November 2 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm | NAECC 

Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin/Haudenosaunee) is an award winning artist whose traditional Iroquois beadwork has been on display across the country and is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and the State of Wisconsin. Join us as Hoffman leads an interactive workshop featuring her unique beading designs. She is the Eiteljorg Museum's featured Artist-in-Residence for November.

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

Indiana Native American Heritage Month Celebration

Thursday, November 3 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis

Opening event to kick off Native American Heritage Month in Indiana. Join us for educational presentations, interactive activities, and featured dance performance by Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company.

This event is held in collaboration with the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission and the Indiana State Museum.

Traditional Native American Dance Performance featuring Woodland Sky Dance Company

Thursday, November 3 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm | Fowler Hall

Join us for a transformative theatrical dance performance featuring Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company - Native American dancers sharing their authentic stories with traditional songs and dance. This performance will feature a combination of traditional, jingle, fancy, hoop, and grass dance styles representing Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Lakota, Menominee, and Apache nations.

This event is held in collaboration with the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission, Purdue Graduate Student Government, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program.

Spirit and Place Festival: Inking Identity Through Indigenous Tattoo Practices

Thursday, November 10 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | Eiteljorg Museum, downtown Indianapolis 

Indigenous tattoo artists will talk about the traditional Indigenous practice of hand poked tattooing and how both the practice of tattooing and the tattoo itself shape and reflect cultural identity. This event is part of the Spirit and Place Festival. 

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

Roc Your Mocs

Wednesday, November 16 | All Day| Purdue University campus 

Part of the national social movement across the U.S., "Roc Your Mocs" is a celebration of Indigenous pride where individuals are encouraged to wear their moccasins, traditional Native American footwear. Join our efforts by sharing your photos on the NAECC's social media networks, search @PurdueNAECC.

Film Screening and Discussion "Being Thunder"

Thursday, November 17 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | WALC 3121

Join us for this film screening and discussion focused on the persistence and courageous Indigenous Two-Spirit individuals. "Being Thunder" is a film showcasing the rich history of the Narragansett tribe through Sherente, a Two-Spirit Genderqueen teenager performing in powwows. This powerful story explores the complexity of "their beliefs in traditional binary gender roles." 2021 film directed by Stephanie Lamorre and produced by Film Movement.

This event is held in collaboration with Purdue LGBTQ Center and the Purdue Queer Student Alliance.

Fall Harvest Cooking Demonstration

Friday, November 18 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm and 3:30 - 4:30 pm | NAECC

Explore Indigenous food systems and discussion on decolonizing diets as we prepare fall harvest dishes. EVENT PRE-REGISTRATION CLOSED, ALL SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED.

This event is held in collaboration with Purdue AISES student organization.

NAECC-AAARCC Friendsgiving

Monday, November 21 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | AAARCC

Join us for this annual celebration of friends and fellowship of the AAARCC, NAECC, and all cultural centers. Food, beverages, and activities will be available. This event is open to the Purdue community.

This event is held in collaboration with the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC).

NAECC 15th Anniversary Closing Celebration

Wednesday, November 30 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm | NAECC

Celebrate with us as we close out Native American Heritage Month and the conclusion of the NAECC's 15th anniversary. We'll highlight the successes and accomplishments of 15 years on campus and be our guest for the closing community dinner featuring traditional Native American foods. 

This event is held in collaboration with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) Program, and Purdue AISES student organization.

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