NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH 2023
Reclaim, Restore, Preserve
This year’s theme “Reclaim, Restore, Preserve”, is a response to the current climate crisis that our global community is facing. It is a charge for not only the reclamation of land, but the reclamation of indigenous ways of knowing and existing that have sustained our people and this land for millennia. It is a call for the restoration of justice for indigenous communities by addressing past and ongoing environmental injustices. It is the imperative of preservation that will safeguard our planet and culture for generations to come.
Native American Heritage Month Implementation Committee:
Harley Locklear, Assistant Director, Center for Multicultural Affairs
Tigerlily Kaynor T’25, Event Chair, Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance
Amber White T’26, Event Chair, Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance
Historically, NAHM at Duke has been led by students and student organization efforts. Campus-wide, Duke University has hosted events throughout the month to celebrate Native American communities. During the month of November, these events include a kick-off celebration, a mural painting at the East Campus tunnel, various Native speakers, ample opportunities for community gatherings, and more. Since 2022, the Center for Multicultural Affairs has made an intentional effort to centralize these efforts in order to further elevate and uplift the visibility and love the Native American community deserves.
Calendar of Events
|Event||Date & Time||Location||Host(s)||Link (if applicable)|
|Fossil Free Research Day of Action: Crystal Cavalier||Friday, October 27, 12:00- 2:00PM||Social Sciences 136||Duke Climate Coalition|
|Ashley Lomboy seminar (Waccamaw Siouan STEM Studio)||Saturday, October 28, 3:30 – 4:30 PM||Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall||Native American Studies Initiative (NASI)|
|BC Plaza Tabling||Wednesday, November 1, 11:00AM-2:00 PM||Bryan Center Plaza||Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA)|
|Native American Heritage Month Pumpkin Painting||Wednesday, November 1, 6:00-8:00 PM||Wekit||Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc.|
|Native American Heritage Month & NASI Launch||Thursday, November 2, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM||Washington Duke Inn, Ambassador Ballroom||Duke Global, Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA), & Native American Studies Initiative (NASI)||N/A|
|BEE-DING NIGHT||Friday, November 3, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM||Wekit||Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc.|
|NAHM Bridge Painting|
*identified communities only
|Sunday, November 5 12:00 PM-4:00 PM||East Campus Bridge||Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA)||https://cglink.me/2do/r2249873|
|Let's Talk About Environmental Justice||Monday, November 6, 5:30-6:30 PM||Griffith Film Theater-Bryan Center||NASI, Duke Office of Undergraduate Education, NAISA,|
|Reservation Dogs Watch Party||Tuesday, November 7, 14, 21, 28 6:00-8:30||CMA Wekit||Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA)|
|UNC Michael D. Green Lecture||Thursday, November 9, 3:00-5:00 PM||University Room, Hyde Hall, 176 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC, United States||UNC American Indian Center|
|Cultural Conversations: Lyle Thompson and the Medicine Game||Thursday, November 9, 5:00-6:00 PM||The Champions Club inside Cameron Indoor Stadium||Department of Religious Studies, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke Athletics,|
|Native American/Indigenous Student Alliance Dinner*|
*identified communities only
|Friday, November 10, 6:00 PM start; 6:30pm dinner||4934 Friends School Rd.||Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA)|
|"Braiding Sweetgrass": Native American Heritage Month Cultural Zine Workshop||Wednesday, November 15, 6:00-8:00 PM||Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (Bryan Center 100)||The Center for Multicultural Affairs||https://cglink.me/2do/r2246734|
|NAHM 2023 Keynote Experience: KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON FILM SCREENING||Sunday, November 19, 6:00-9:30 PM*|
*est. film runtime
|Silverspot Cinemas (Chapel Hill)|
TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED/PRIORITY TO THOSE WHO ARE REGISTERED
|Center for Multicultural Affairs x Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA)||https://cglink.me/2do/r2250545|
|Visionary Voices of Environmental Justice: Community Conversations with Dr. Darin J. Waters & Ms. Donna Chavis||Tuesday, November 21, 6:15-7:15 PM||Field Auditorium, Nicholas School of Environment||CEEJ MEM Concentration and co-sponsored by the Duke River Center & Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic|
|BEE-DING NIGHT||Monday, November 27, 6:00-8:00 PM||Wekit||Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc.|
|Two-Spirit: Film Screening||Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 PM||Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (Bryan Center 100)||Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) and Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD)|
|Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) Dinner and Discussion with Brittany Hunt||Thursday, November 30 6:00-7:30pm||The Landing||Women's Center x Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA)||https://cglink.me/2do/r2249890|
|The First Nations Film and Video Festival presentation of Slash/Back||Friday, December 1 Doors at 6:30 PM, showing at 7:00 PM.||The Rubinstein Arts Center||The First Nations Film and Video Festival|
ᎤᏟᎢᎦᎢ (pronounced u-tli-i-ga-i)
Native American Heritage Month (November)
What started at the turn of the twentieth century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the Native Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. This commemorative month aims to provide a platform for native people to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. This gives Native people the opportunity to express to their community and state officials their concerns and solutions for building bridges of understanding and friendship in their local area. Past programs have included public lectures, film screenings, and storytelling.
Native American is the term most often used to refer to the descendants of the indigenous groups that occupy the continental United States of America and Alaska.
American Indian, Indian, NDN, Indigenous, Indigenous Americans, and First Americans are other terms that are often used, sometimes interchangeably, by both scholars and community members. It’s important to note that there is no general consensus amongst Native Americans about what term is most appropriate, so when in doubt, just ask.
Indigenous groups in other parts of North and South America use other terms for self-identification i.e. First Nations (Canada), Alaska Native (Alaska), Taíno (Caribbean), etc.
While Native American and the other aforementioned identifiers are used as umbrella terms, it is important to note that the peoples who these terms identify are not homogenous and practice unique cultures, speak hundreds of languages, and have varying world views. When possible, it is most appropriate to identify Native Americans with regard to their specific tribal affiliation i.e., Cherokee, Navajo, Lumbee, etc. This combats the notion that indigenous peoples are monolithic and honors the diversity within the population.
Resources on the terms:
- Coming Soon
- Submitted resources
- An explanation of a model of leadership from a Native lens
- The September DEI Grand Rounds for the Duke Rehabilitation Services was presented by Duke DPT alum Genna Lockler '23. Her presentation was titled "Healthcare in Native American Populations Through a Personal Lens," and she shared this resources document with [Duke DPT/Rehab]that included media and books/texts/articles
- The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) is excited to announce the Native American/Indigenous Muslim Stories (NAIMS) project. The NAIMS project, funded by a generous grant from the Building Bridges program at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, will amplify the vital and too little-known stories of Native American and Indigenous Muslims, and outline their struggles, strengths, and unique needs.
- NCAIHC Heritage Month Toolkit - November 2023
- Wekit (pronounced "way-kith")
- The Center for Multicultural Affairs & the Identity and Cultural Centers
- Duke Native American/Indigineous Alumni
- Native American Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA)
- Native American Graduate and Professional Student Alliance (NAGPSA)
- Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
- Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. (APiO)
- Duke University’s Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanic and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
The organizations listed here aren't the only Native American identified/affiliated organizations! Find these organizations on Duke Groups or Instagram! Want your organization to be added to this list or need to make an edit? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our contributors who shared events, resources, and more. We look forward to the calendar release!
Cherokee translation thanks to https://language.cherokee.org/word-list/
Duke University Native American Heritage Month logo, creative direction by Harley Locklear and Alex Espaillat, designed by Alex Espaillat