Rollins Honors Native American Heritage Month

November 03, 2022

By Stephanie Rizzo ’09

Zoe Milburn ’22, Ellie Minette ’22, and anthropology professor Zack Gilmore work on cataloguing Native American pottery found on nearby Shell Island, some of which dates back thousands of years.
Zoe Milburn ’22, Ellie Minette ’22, and anthropology professor Zack Gilmore work on cataloguing Native American pottery found on nearby Shell Island, some of which dates back thousands of years.Photo by Scott Cook.

This month, Rollins honors Indigenous Americans by offering a host of programming meant to inspire conversation and reflection.

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the cultures, traditions, and histories of Indigenous people. To honor this important month, Rollins is hosting a series of events offering opportunities to learn more about the historical challenges faced by Native people, as well as educate folks on the ways Indigenous Americans have made vast contributions to our society. Join us for a month of critical conversations, thought-provoking workshops, and documentary screenings meant to inspire reflection and engagement.

Sacheen | Documentary Screening

When: November 3 | 5-6 p.m.
Where: Bieberbach-Reed Room

This short documentary centers on the activism of Sacheen Littlefeather, a White Mountain Apache and Yaqui elder, writer, activist, entertainer, and educator perhaps best known for being the first woman of color to utilize the Academy Awards to make a political statement. After the film, join us for a talk with critical media and cultural studies professor Denise Cummings on the impact of Littlefeather’s legacy. Please RSVP, as seating is limited.

Decolonizing Our Knapsacks | Workshop

When: November 11 |Noon-1 p.m.
Where: Lucy Cross Center

Join Marjorie Trueblood, dean of the Center for Inclusion & Belonging, for a conversation on how we can begin to decolonize our metaphorical knapsack of settler colonial privilege. This session will include interactive activities to help attendees consider the ways colonization has been used to oppress Indigenous peoples in the United States.

Let’s Get LITerary | Podcast

When: November 18
Where: WPRK 91.5 FM

Rollins’ DEI podcast and virtual book club is back this month with a discussion on The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota Story by Joseph M. Marshall III. This true story follows the journey of the famed Oglala warrior as he fights for his people’s survival and, along the way, becomes a trusted leader and an emblem of his community.

Native Cinema Showcase | Virtual Film Festival

When: November 18-25
Where: Accessible through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian website

Rollins is pleased to support the National Museum of the American Indian as they present their annual Native Cinema Showcase highlighting the best in Native film. Virtual access to the showcase is free.

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