Download the Native American Heritage Month Poster here.
Movie Night: The Trail of Tears
Monday, November 4
7:00 PM in the Coffeehouse
On May 26, 1838, federal troops forced thousands of Cherokee from their homes in the Southeastern United States, driving them toward Indian Territory in Eastern Oklahoma. More than 4,000 died of disease and starvation along the way. Though in the end the Cherokee embrace of “civilization” and their landmark legal victory proved no match for white land hunger and military power, the Cherokee people were able, with characteristic ingenuity, to build a new life in Oklahoma, far from the land that had sustained them for generations. Popcorn will be served!
A Taste of Native American Culture
Wednesday, November 6
11 AM – 2 PM in the Main Dining Hall
Stop in to the Main Dining Hall for lunch and taste traditional Native American cuisine. The menu includes stew served with corn and bean succotash, sweet cornbread, and traditional fry cake served with fresh berries and vanilla ice cream.
National Museum of the American Indian
Saturday, November 9
Participants will go out to eat and then walk over to the museum (meal and museum are at no cost to Wagner students). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at the Towers Loop to board the vans for Manhattan.
Horrmann Library and Wagner College Bookstore
Visit the Horrmann Library and the Wagner College Bookstore throughout the month of November for displays of books chronicling Native American history.
Pocahontas: An Algonquin Icon
Wednesday, November 13
12:00 PM in Union 201
This lecture by Nadema Agard explores the legendary figure from an Algonquin traditional world view, a Western historical context, and the contemporary perspective of Algonquin women of the greater Northeast, using literary references, images, video clips and music. Pocahontas will be presented in the context of her cultural and spiritual beliefs as a child born to be a special medicine person and chosen for a great destiny. Her post-European-contact history will show her to have been a businesswoman, landowner, Christian convert and diplomat in contrast to the popular American cultural stereotype that has evolved. Her image and historical legacy will be explored in the lives and work of Algonquin women today. Lunch will be provided.
Rock Your Mocs
Friday, November 15
For many Indigenous people, moccasins have historically been their first form of shoes. They are created out of deer, elk, buffalo and moose hide. Each tribal nation has their own moccasin design that is tied to families, legends and ceremonies. “Rock Your Mocs” is a social movement across the U.S. designed to raise awareness of Indigenous people. As part of Native American Heritage Month, we encourage you to wear moccasins today.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Thursday, November 21
8:00 PM in Gatehouse Lounge
A history of Native Americans in the American West in the 1860s and 1870s, focusing upon the transition from traditional ways of living to living on reservations and their treatment during that period. Popcorn will be served!