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FAU Celebrates Native American Indian Heritage Month

BOCA RATON, FL (October 26, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University will celebrate Native American Indian Heritage Month in November with a series of events taking place on FAU’s Boca Raton, Davie, Jupiter and Treasure Coast campuses.  The event series is sponsored by FAU’s Division of Student Affairs and Multicultural Programming.

The following events will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road:
Movie Night: ‘Smoke Signals’
Tuesday, November 8, at 8 p.m.
Senate Chambers, FAU Student Union
Based on a novel by Native American Sherman Alexie, Smoke Signals is set in modern day and is about the story of two young American Indian men on a journey.  Popcorn and refreshments will be served at the event. 

 


 


Native American Indian Heritage Month Kick-Off
Wednesday, November 9, at 11:30 a.m.
Traditions Plaza
FAU will kick-off Native American Indian Heritage Month with this celebration that will include traditional Native American cuisine, dream catcher weaving and live music.

 


 


Native American Piscataway Tribe Show
Monday, November 14, at 6 p.m.
Student Union
The Piscataway Tribe will perform many of their tribal rituals in the form of song and dance with a brief question and answer session following the performance to share more details about their lives. For more information, contact Farley Leiriao at 561-799-8010.

 


 


Anti-Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Grand Palm Room, Student Union
The Anti-Thanksgiving Dinner will serve Native American cuisine while providing insight into the Native American perspective on this popular national holiday.  Entertainment and an informative discussion about the indigenous versus pilgrim experience will also take place.

 


 


Native American Storytelling
Friday, November 18, from 8 to 10 p.m.
Outdoor Stage, FAU Student Union
A Native American storyteller from the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation Okalee Village will share some traditional Indian folklore.

 


 


Seminole Okalee Indian Village Trip
Saturday, November 19, from noon to 5 p.m.
6300 Stirling Road, Hollywood
**Media attendance only**
FAU students will take a trip to this village on the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation and experience the first Florida native’s traditional way of life through demonstrations of various aspects of living, cooking, woodwork, doll-making and more.

 


 

 

The following events will take place on FAU’s Davie campus, 2912 College Avenue:
Native American Piscataway Tribe Show
Monday, November 14, at 6 p.m.
Student Union
The Piscataway Tribe will perform many of their tribal rituals in the form of song and dance with a brief question and answer session following the performance to share more details about their lives.  For more information, contact Farley Leiriao at 561-799-8010.

 


 

 

The following events will take place on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter:
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration
Wednesday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SR Atrium
Co-sponsored by the Spanish Club, Anthropology Club and Diversity Student Services, this event will be comprised of five events including writing, cookie decorating, creating an altar and releasing thoughts to the deceased.  For more information, email ssax@fau.edu

 


 


‘Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)’ Movie Night
Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m.
SR 271
Attendees will learn more about the “Day of the Dead” and its significance through the “Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)” documentary film.  A discussion session will follow.  For more information, contact Farley Leiriao at 561-799-8010.

 


 


Native American Arts and Crafts Event
Tuesday, November 8, from 2 to 6 p.m.
SR Atrium
Attendees may participate in several types of art forms from different indigenous cultures of America including the Incas and Mayans.  For more information, email ejohns79@aol.com.

 


 


Panel Discussion: Guatemala’s Impact in Jupiter (Five Years and Counting)
Thursday, November 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
SR 108
Co-sponsored by Corn Mya, this panel discussion will take a look at the local Guatemalan population’s impact on both Jupiter and the FAU community including reasons for settling in Jupiter, issues they have faced and the local community’s response from previous years.  Panelists will include current FAU students, government representatives and other leaders from the community.  For more information, contact Diversity Student Services at 561-799-8010.

 


 


Thanksgiving-Themed Lunch
Tuesday, November 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dining Hall
**Media attendance only**
The Jupiter campus dining hall will serve a Thanksgiving-themed meal, along with games and giveaways.

 


 


Native American Piscataway Tribe Show
Tuesday, November 15, at 6 p.m.
The Field
The Piscataway Tribe will perform many of their tribal rituals in the form of song and dance with a brief question and answer session following the performance to share more details about their lives.  For more information, contact Farley Leiriao at 561-799-8010.

 


 

 

The following events will take place on FAU’s Treasure Coast campus, 500 NW California Blvd., Port St. Lucie:
Native American Arts and Crafts Event
Thursday, November 17, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
MP – Student Lounge
Attendees can participate in several types of art forms from different indigenous cultures of America including the Incas and Mayans.  For more information, contact Farley Leiriao at 561-799-8010.

 


 


Get Pied Day
Monday, November 21, from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
MP – Student Lounge
Attendees can try their favorite pies while winning prizes and learning fun facts about Thanksgiving.  For more information, contact Program Board at 772-873-3441.

 

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