North Idaho College is
hosting a variety of events in honor of American Indian Heritage Week April
7-12. Click here for a complete schedule of the week’s activities.
Monday, April 7
The weeklong series of
events kicks off with storytelling from Marie Poirier of the Blackfeet Tribe at
10 a.m. in the Edminster Student Union Building (SUB) Driftwood Bay Room.
A dancing exhibition
featuring dances such as the fancy shawl, jingle dress, and prairie chicken
dance will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the SUB Plaza.
Later that day, Coeur
d’Alene tribal member Quanah Matheson will give a tribal history presentation
from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in the SUB Driftwood Bay Room.
Tuesday, April 8
silent auction and vendor displays will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in
the SUB Driftwood Bay Room to benefit the Che’nshish Scholarship, a scholarship
fund established by the American Indian Student Alliance Club through the NIC
art demonstrations will be held in the SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m., including corn husk weaving, beading, and gourd art.
10:30 to 11:45 a.m., the panel discussion “Native People Speak out About Native
Mascots” will be held in SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room. The panel will discuss
discrimination and derogatory images used in art and media.
Wednesday, April 9
inter-tribal food feast with salmon, fry bread, corn and a huckleberry dessert
will be available for $6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the SUB Plaza.
1 to 2 p.m., keynote speaker Cheryl Seidner will give a presentation. Seidner
is a Wiyot tribal councilmember and a direct descendent of one of the only
survivors of the Indian Island Massacre. She has been instrumental in the language
and cultural revitalization of her tribe.
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Coeur d’Alene tribal member Norma Peone will give a stick
4 to 5 p.m., Marie Poirier will hold a demonstration on “The Art of Frybread
Making” in the Hedlund Building Culinary Arts Kitchen.
Thursday, April 10
Jett Bingman (Athabascan tribal member) - accompanied by Jim Ryan - will be
featured in the Intertribal Show from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Jacklin Arts and
Cultural Center in Post Falls. Tickets cost $5 and are free for students with a
valid student ID. Proceeds benefit the Che’nshish Scholarship at NIC. Doors
open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door. Information: (208)
457-8950 or www.thejacklincenter.org
Friday, April 11
6:30 to 9 p.m. in the SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room, there will be a free Native
American craft workshop for families. The hands-on workshop is free for all
ages. Families can learn how to make a dream catcher, choker necklace, pony
bead necklace and more. There will be free pizza and refreshments.
7 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a live performance of “Rainbow
Crow Saves the World” in the Edminster Student Union Building from Coeur
d’Alene tribal members Amanda Johnson and Sherry Mays.
Saturday, April 12
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room, there will be “A
Celebration of Diversity through Writing.” Aspiring writers of all ages and
abilities will have the opportunity to learn from professional writers and
educators during a writing symposium featuring the theme of celebrating
diversity through connections to the oral traditions of storytelling. Keynote
speaker Jim Proser is the author of the popular historical novels “I’m Staying
with my Boys...”
The week of events is
sponsored by the NIC American Indian Student Alliance, the Jacklin Arts and
Cultural Center, Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, and the NIC American Indian
Studies program. With the exception of the inter-tribal feast and show, all
events are free.