MSU club sponsoring cultural celebration

Minot State University’s Native American Cultural Awareness Club is sponsoring the Native American Cultural Celebration in November. The commemoration will include speakers, presenters and exhibits of Native American success and culture.

“The Anishinaabe, Ojibwe, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, Navajo, Potawatomi have a lot to celebrate. The people, culture and language are all part of what makes us Native. Come and learn, ask questions and celebrate with us,” said Annette Mennem, Native American Center director.

Unless noted, all presentations are in the Conference Center (Student Center, third floor).

Planned events, which are free and open to the public, include:

Nov. 12, 11 a.m. – “The Tribal and Non-Tribal Higher Education Relationship” presented by Scott Davis, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission executive director.

Nov. 12, 2 p.m. – “Spirit Lake: The Game” discussed by Erich Longie, president of Spirit Lake Consulting Inc. Longie will highlight “Spirit Lake: the Game” by 7 Generation Games. This educational video game, co-developed with AnnMaria DeMars, teaches children mathematics, while incorporating historically accurate Native American culture and traditions

Nov. 13, 9 a.m. – “What You Want to Know about the Native American Culture but Haven’t Asked,” a panel discussion with Native American elder Pat Wilkie and MSU faculty Harry Hoffman and Nelrene Yellow Bird and NACAC students

Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until gone) – Frybread taco sale in the Old Main first-floor hallway. The frybread tacos are $6.

Nov. 13, 2 p.m. – Gilson Mandan, author of “Prairie Chicken Tales” in the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Times, will tell stories and discuss the importance of storytelling in Native cultures.

Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – Jessica Metcalfe, Beyond Buckskin blogger, will discuss the Beyond Buckskin website. It empowers Native American artists and designers, advances the quality of Native American fashion through education while providing an in-depth podium for societal participation. Inspired by relevant historical and contemporary Native American clothing design and art, Beyond Buckskin promotes cultural appreciation, social relationships, and authenticity and creativity.

Nov. 14, 2 p.m. – The Turtle Mountain Community College Anishinaabe Club will give presentations. Titles are “Navajo’s Story of Bringing Harmony to Multiple American Indian Culture,” “Beaded and Quill Earrings,” “Turtle Mountain Beliefs on Drumming, Rattles and Singing,” “Four Sacred Medicine Pin,” “Hand Drum Singing and Flute,” Fiddling and Jigging” and “Turtle Mountain Old Jingle Dress.”

Nov. 20, 7 p.m. – “The Sitting Bull Connection” presented by Ernie LaPointe, great-grandson of Sitting Bull, the renown Hunkpapa Lakota chief, and author of “Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy,” in Aleshire Theater. LaPointe is a sun dancer who lives the traditional way of the Lakota and follows the rules of the sacred pipe. This is in conjunction with the Northwest Art Center lecture series.