Celebrating Native American history

Students celebrate Native American heritage with MSAP

By Christian Hunick
On November 30, 2017

Photo by Keeli Ebben
Natalie Hollway, graduate student, checks out different artifacts on display courtesy of the MSAP event.

Multicultural and Student Activities Programs got students involved in celebrating Native American Heritage Month on Nov. 21 at the University Center.

"We have Native American Celebration every year, because the heritage month is in November," MSAP Student Assistant Lizette Guerrero said. "We always like to bring awareness over different cultural events, and it happened to be this one for this month."

The event offered traditional Native American foods such as Cherokee Huckleberry Bread, Ojibway, Pueblo Indian Pork Roast, Fried Hominy, Indian Taco Meat and Navajo Fry Bread, all catered by Chartwells. It was served buffet style and was free for all participants.

There were also crafts for students to do while they ate.

"We had dreamcatchers with a little informational page about what they are for and who they are used by, and we also had mini dream catchers that could be used as keychains," Guerrero said.

Sophomore John David Perez was one of the students who showed up to celebrate Native American Culture.

"I had seen it advertised around campus, and I thought it was really interesting because I’m Native American and I thought maybe I’d learn something new," Perez said.

Perez’s Native American ancestry traces back to the Kickapoo tribe, who have a reservation in Eagle Pass, Texas.

"Being Native American is something that is just a part of my life. It’s something we grew up learning, and I feel like it is important for us to know where we came from," Perez said.

In addition to food and crafts, an assortment of Native American artifacts like arrowheads, spearheads, pottery, drums and animal skins were on display. Two gentlemen were standing by to answer questions from inquisitive students about the displays, or about Native American culture in general.

The celebration lasted from 11:30 am-1 pm, but students could come and go at their own convenience.

The next MSAP event is World AIDS Awareness Day on December 1.

"It is free for students," Guerrero said. "It’s an event to help them grow their knowledge on cultural issues and learn how to be respectful and appreciate the differences within us."

World AIDS Awareness Day takes place in the CJ Davidson Center and will last from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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