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Here's how UNC is celebrating American Indian Heritage Month

November is Native American History Month and there are various spots on campus where students can gather to celebrate their heritage.

November is Native American History Month and there are various spots on campus where students can gather to celebrate their heritage.

November is American Indian Heritage Month, and several campus groups are hosting events throughout the month to celebrate. 

Sophomore Skylar Chavis is a member of UNC's American Indian sorority Alpha Pi Omega. 

“There is an event through Carolina Indian Circle weekly,” she said. “I’m on the executive team of Carolina Indian Circle, too, and our bead workshop is now on Thursday.”

The CIC originally planned to host its bead workshop on Nov. 6, but the recent water main break caused the event to the pushed back. It will now take place on Nov. 15.

“I’m actually planning to go to some of the Carolina Indian Circle events because of Skylar,” said sophomore Lauren Hornick. “She’s a good friend of mine and she’s really involved with the Native American community here on campus, so I’m excited to go support the CIC.”

Also on Nov. 15, there will be a staff networking breakfast in the Student Union. The University Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting the breakfast so faculty and staff can network and interact with colleagues from the American Indian Center, as well as colleagues whose classes discuss American Indian communities and Tribal Nations. 

Later in the day, the Graduate School Diversity and Student Success office will present its main event: a presentation and reception called Beyond These Walls. The discussion will feature three UNC doctoral candidates, epidemiology student Danielle Gartner, anthropology student Rachel Wilbur and American studies student Meredith McCoy. The students will be accessible during a reception after the presentation.

On Nov. 16, CIC is also hosting a frybread sale and the American Indian Center and the Department of Amerian Studies are hosting Ani KahWi, also called Cherokee Coffee Hour. 

Frybread is a traditional Native American flat dough bread. It originated in the western United States and is used to make Navajo tacos. 

Ani KahWi is a language immersion experience to give all UNC students, faculty and staff a chance to learn some of the Cherokee language. 

“I’m definitely interested in going to the coffee hour because I love learning new languages and it seems like such a cool opportunity,” said Hornick. “It also doesn’t hurt that there’s free coffee and cookies.”

On Nov. 17, the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh is hosting the 23rd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, a popular family event celebrating American Indian culture. 

There will also be a screening of the documentary "Dakota 38+2" on Nov. 27. The documentary is about the execution of 38 Dakota men in Minnesota in 1862. 

“Our big event at the end of the month is the culture show, which happens on the 29th,” Chavis said.

The Culture Show will be in the Great Hall, and admission is free. It is sponsored by the CIC, Carolina Dining Services and CUAB.

On Nov. 30, there will be another Ani KahWi. 

All American Indian Heritage Month events are listed on the UNC American Indian Center website.


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