Multicultural and Student Activities Program educates students of cultures and values

Taxidermists presented artifacts for students to see firsthand

By Sophia Gravatt
On November 16, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro: Roberto F. Villarreal discusses how arrows were made and different ways they were utilized. This particular arrow was actually paired with a primitive type of launcher instead of a conventional bow.

Students celebrated Native American Heritage Month on Nov. 6 in the Houston Harte University Center.

National Heritage Month is an effort to gain recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S.

"I think this event is really interesting," said freshman Hannah Hull. "I think it’s great that we’re able to learn about our descendants and just learn a little bit about our history. It shows who we are and where we came from and that is really important."

Students had the chance to learn how to make their own dreamcatchers and try popular foods from different tribes. They also watched a slideshow that discussed the cultural values of different tribes, as well as the symbolism of some of the artifacts.

"Today, we’re celebrating the Native American culture," said Lizette Guerrero, student assistant for the Multicultural and Students Activities Program. "We’re doing it more to educate the campus on what it is and some of the cultures and values and to just be more culturally rounded."

Taxidermists Henry Dusek and Robert Villarreal displayed and talked about artifacts and art. Villarreal said that people often can’t tell the difference between an arrowhead and a dart point. People may think they’ve just found an arrowhead, but a lot of times, that’s not actually what it is, he said.

Guerrero said she thought it was neat that the students could see the artifacts firsthand, be able to ask questions and learn more about the Native American tribes.

Melanie Arenivaz, junior, said she came to the event because she saw the artifacts laying out and thought they looked cool.

"I don’t really know much about Native American heritage, but it’s interesting so far," she said.

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