Native American Culture Celebrated During Annual Heritage Month

Friday, November 2 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – In honor of Native American Heritage month, the University of Idaho will celebrate with events Nov. 7-9. All events are free and open to the public.

The festivities will open with “According to Coyote,” traditional Nez Perce stories written by John Kauffman and brought to life by Carlotta Kauffman at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the KIVI Theater.

The following day, one of Indian Country’s top standup comedians Jim Ruel will perform his comedy act at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building Auditorium. He’s been seen on Showtime and Comedy Central.

Wrapping up the celebration on Nov. 9 will be 12th annual Distinguished American Indian Speakers series. It will feature “Putting and Keeping Indians in the Picture: An evening with Kiowa/Choctaw artist and filmmaker” Steven Paul Judd at 7 p.m. in the Lionel Hampton School of Music Haddock Performance Hall. A reception and art sale will follow.

“Native American Heritage Month offers the university community the opportunity to honor and develop a respectful appreciation for our Native traditional and contemporary ways. Our programs allow us to express ourselves – be it through art, laughter or education,” said Steven Martin, Native American student center adviser.

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by the University of Idaho’s Native American Student Center. Additional support comes from the University of Idaho American Indian Studies Program and the University of Idaho Tribal Liaison’s Office.
# # #

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho inspires students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. Through the university’s $225 million Inspiring Futures capital campaign, private giving will enhance student learning, faculty research and innovation, and a spirit of enterprise. Learn more: