All members of the Elon community are invited to partake in these events to gain a deeper understanding of a rich culture.
Elon University will celebrate Native American Heritage Month during November with an array of events designed to highlight and uplift the vast diversity and interconnectedness of Native, Indigenous and American Indian peoples.
Nov. 1 marks the start of Native American Heritage Month. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.”
Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”), have been issued each year since 1994. Please join the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education this month, as Elon celebrates and learns more about the experiences, histories and heritage of Native and Indigenous communities.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Oaks 212 | 6-7 p.m.
Jennifer Revels Baxter from the Guilford Native American Association will be doing a presentation about the history and presence of Native Americans in North Carolina, and how to connect and engage with Native American culture and identity. Dinner will be provided.
Monday, Nov. 7
Moseley Kitchen | 5:30-7 p.m.
Vickie Jeffries, tribal administrator for the Occaneechi, will be demonstrating how to make Three Sisters’ Soup. During this time, Vickie will also talk about the history of the Occaneechi tribe.
Indigenous Struggles after the Peace Agreement in Colombia
Tuesday, Nov. 8
Carlton Commons | 12:30-2:30 p.m.
María Violet Medina Quiscue is an indigenous leader from the “pueblo Nasa” in Colombia. Violet will give a campus talk about the struggle of indigenous people after six years that the Peace Agreement (2016) took place in Colombia.
Special Edition of Numen Lumen
Thursday, Nov. 10
Numen Lumen Pavillion | 9:50-10:20 a.m.
Reverend Kirsten Boswell, dean of Multifaith Engagement, will be speaking about how her Native American ancestry intersects with her other identities.
“There, There” Lunch Discussion
Thursday, Nov. 17
McKinnon D (Moseley 128) | 12:15-1:45 p.m.
Join us for a lunch discussing Tommy Orange’s book “There, There,” which focuses on the experiences of Native Americans living in urban areas. Free copies are available in the CREDE.
Check All That Apply
Monday, Nov. 28
CREDE (Moseley 221) | 6-7:30 p.m.
CATA is a monthly forum for multiracial, transracial adoptees, and third-culture kids to have informal discussions around the topics and experiences that affect them. This month, we will talk about exploring one’s heritage, with a focus on Native American perspectives.
Interested in celebrating Native American Heritage Month outside of the scheduled events on campus? The CREDE offers these resources:
- CREDE will be featuring trivia around Native American history throughout the month! Follow @elon_crede on Instagram to learn more and have a chance to win a prize.
- Follow these creators on TikTok
- Read “There, There” on your own or attend the Native American Student Association book club every Wednesday starting Nov. 2 in Global Commons from 8-9 p.m.