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WKU planning several activities to celebrate Native American Heritage

WKU has several events scheduled this fall in celebration of Native American Heritage.

All events are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, the Provost’s Initiatives for Excellence, and the Office of Diversity Programs.

Oct. 1: Performance by Michael Jacobs at 7 p.m. at Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Award-winning Cherokee singer/songwriter Michael Jacobs (Unetlanvhi Ujeli Dekangosisgo) will perform songs from his latest CD Mystery, as well as from his previous works. His blend of Native American and American “roots” music, a mixture of pop, rock, and folk, artfully fuses contemporary and traditional sounds and powerful imagery.

Oct. 20: Presentation of “What’s New in Native American Archaeology in Kentucky?” by Darlene Applegate at 6:30 p.m. at Garrett Conference Center, room 100. In this illustrated presentation, WKU archaeologist Darlene Applegate will share the latest discoveries in Native American archaeology in Kentucky.

Nov. 13-14: Native American Living Village from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Downing University Center South Lawn. Join Kentucky artist-in-residence Susan Mullins Kwaronhia:wi (Mohawk), and six other artists and performers from other tribes across the nation, as they play Native American music, tell stories, sing, dance and demonstrate traditional crafts. The Friday program (Nov. 13) will target local elementary school children; the Saturday program (Nov. 14) is open to the campus and community.

Throughout November: Poster exhibit of “Native Americans in Kentucky: 11,500 Years Ago to Present” at Downing University Center lobby. View a seven-panel poster exhibit on the history and culture of Native Americans in Kentucky, from initial settlement during the Ice Age to the present.

Contact: Darlene Applegate at (270) 745-5094.

WKU hosting Southeastern Native American Education Summit

WKU’s Office of Diversity Programs and the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission will host the Southeastern Native American Education Summit on Nov. 21-22.

The two-day conference will address issues facing Native Americans and to raise awareness about Kentucky Native history. The conference will focus on a multifaceted approach exploring modern educational issues, higher education, cultural learning and shared knowledge from elders.

Registration is $35 before Nov. 1; $45 after Nov. 1; or $55 on site. For information, contact the Office of Diversity Programs at (270) 745-5066.

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