University of Idaho Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Thursday, November 3 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with cultural foods, music and art during November. The month-long celebration honors and recognizes the contributions of the Native American people.

“Native Americans are still here. We’re not just a thing of the past, we are culturally vibrant,” said Steve Martin, Native American student center adviser.

On Monday, Nov. 7, the Native American film, “American Indian Homelands,” will play at 5 p.m. at the Kenworthy Theater in downtown Moscow. Doug Nash, film producer and professor at Seattle University of Law will speak. This event is sponsored by the Native American Law Student Association.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 8-9, from 6-8 p.m., a two-day basket weaving workshop will demonstrate the techniques and designs of Northwest basket weaving. The cost is $3 for materials. RSVPs are needed before Nov. 4.

On Friday, Nov. 11, from 5-7 p.m., an art auction will be held in the Student Union Building Ballroom. All proceeds will benefit the University of Idaho Native American Scholarship Fund.

The art auction will be followed by a concert on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., featuring Mato Nanji of the blues-rock band Indigenous, whose voice and guitar playing has earned the group a place among the elite of blues and rock. The band has shared the stage with as the likes of B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Johnny Lang. Tickets purchased before Nov. 4 are $10 and $15 at the door, no cost for students with identification.

All proceeds from the month’s activities go to the University of Idaho Native American Scholarship Fund; the proceeds will be matched by the South Dakota-based American Indian Education Foundation if $10,000 is raised.

On Monday, Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m., Tribal Foods Day will take place at St. Augustine’s. Food will be served from different Native American cultures. This event is free and open to the public.

“This is a cultural learning opportunity and you will have a good time enjoying food and music,” said Martin.
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