Native American Awareness Week is March 7-11
The 24th annual Native American Awareness Week at Lewis-Clark State College will be held March 7-11 on campus and features the theme "Indigenous Journeys through Healing & Cultural Awareness."
The week features a number of presentations, performances, comedy night, the annual Friendship Banquet, and two powwows. New this year is that March is Women's History Month and four presentations will focus on Native American women during the week.
The public is invited to all events, which are free except for the comedy night performance.
Activities start on March 7 with the Mentor Artist Playwright Project at the LCSC Silverthorne Theatre. At 7-8:30 p.m., Native American actors will read plays written by students from Lapwai High School.
On March 8, there will be a mini powwow at the LCSC Activity Center at 10-11:15 a.m. for area fourth grade elementary classes. At 3-4:30 p.m., LCSC Social Science assistant professor Amy Canfield will discuss "The Cult of Domesticity Meets the Reservation: Shoshone-Bannock Women and the Assimilation Efforts at Fort Hall" in the Williams Conference Center. That night, at 7-8:30 p.m., Los Angeles comedian Marc Yaffee will perform at the Silverthorne Theatre. Tickets are $3 apiece and will be sold at the door. LCSC students will be admitted free with a valid LCSC ID card.
Four presentations are scheduled for March 9 at the Williams Conference Center, starting with featured speaker Mark Trahant’s discussion of "The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars" at 9-10:15 a.m. Trahant is the former editor at the Daily News in Moscow and former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He recently completed a book on the legacy of Sen. Henry (Scoop) Jackson.
Also on March 9, Vivian Wilson, a Social Science student at LCSC, will present on "Nez Perce Women during the 1940s-1960s Period" at 10:30-11:45 a.m. Following lunch, LCSC Humanities assistant professor Martin Gibbs will discuss "In Search of the Popol Vuh: The Mayan Book of Creation" at 1:30-2:45 p.m. Also, during this time, Humanities assistant professor David Wiseman will moderate a discussion on "Mayan Astronomy and Calendars" by Kent Montgomery, Planetarium Director at Texas A&M Commerce. The day wraps up with a presentation by retired LCSC professor Alan Marshall on "The Canary Effect Documentary" at 3-4:15 p.m. The film takes an in depth look at the devastating effects United States policies have had on the Indigenous people of America.
Four more presentations, along with the annual Friendship Banquet, will be held on March 10, all at the WCC. Presentations for the day begin with "Native American Women and Higher Education" by LCSC Social Science lecturer Diana Ames and an LCSC Native student panel. That presentation is at 9-10:15 a.m., and will be followed with "The Nez Perce Tribe, an Overview" by Nez Perce Tribal Chairman McCoy Oatman at 10:30-11:45 a.m.
The next presentation is at noon-1:15 p.m. and features LCSC Education associate professor Heather VanMullem discussing "Hoopin' It Up: Basketball, Life, and the American Indian Female Athletes." The final presentation is by Robbie Paul, Director of Native American Health Sciences at Washington State University and is titled "Historical Trauma and its effects on a Nimiipuu Family; finding story, healing wounds." That presentation is at 1:30-2:45 p.m.
The Friendship Banquet will be at 7-9 p.m. and features presentations of the NAAW Lifetime Achievement Award, the Isaac "Ike" Wilson Memorial Scholarship, and other scholarships. To help raise money for the Wilson Memorial Scholarship, LCSC Native American Club members are selling raffle tickets for $1 apiece. Tickets also can be purchased at the Native American/Minority Student Services office, located in room 214 of Reid-Centennial Hall or at the Pi'amkinwaas house, located at 1112 7th St. in Lewiston. The winner of the raffle will be announced at the powwow.
Also during the day, the Native American Alumni Chapter at LCSC will hold a chapter meeting and social at 4-5:30 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of the LCSC Activity Center.
The week of activities concludes on March 11 with the annual LCSC Powwow at the LCSC Activity Center. The event begins around 7 p.m. and runs until midnight.
Sponsors for the week include the LCSC Native American Club, LCSC, the Idaho Humanities Council, Associated Students of LCSC, the Nez Perce Tribe, Pi'amkinwaas, and the Clearwater River Casino and Resort.
For more information on the event, contact Bob Sobotta, LCSC Director of Native American/Minority Student Services, at (208) 792-2812.