Native American Heritage Month continues through November

Film screenings and presentations mark the month on UC's Uptown Campus

By Ben Harrison

Every November, Ethnic Programs and Services and the LGBTQ Center hold weekly events to mark Native American Heritage Month on the University of Cincinnati’s Uptown campus. Hosted in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Anthropology, this month's events center around the theme of healing. 

November became known as Native American Heritage Month in 1990, when then-President George H.W. Bush passed The Native American Graves Protections and Repatriation Act. Associate professor of Anthropology and Geology Kenneth Tankersley said the law has had a profound impact.

A performance during last year's Native American Heritage Month at UC.

A performance during last year's Native American Heritage Month at UC.

“This recognized that Native American human remains should be treated as persons and should be protected,” Tankersley said. “It also called for the repatriation of Native American human remains from museums and universities as well as grave and funerary goods and items of cultural patrimony.”

The monthlong activities continue this week with performances, panel presentations and film screenings. From Nov. 12 to 14, Ethnic Program Services will host three events beginning with Native American Music and Storytelling from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 736 of Old Chemistry, 2855 Campus Way.  will be providing food during this event.

On Wednesday night, the panel presentation on the role of art in Native American healing will be held in the Taft Research Center in Edwards One on Corry Boulevard from 4 to 5 p.m. Wrapping up the week on Thursday, the second film screening will feature “The Exiles” at 4 p.m. in Swift Hall, 2842 Campus Way, Room 820.

During the final week, the film screening of “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” will be shown 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in Swift Hall, Room 820. The month's events conclude on Nov. 21, when the Taft Research Center hosts Working with an Urban Native American Center from 4 to 5 p.m. 

Both Ethnic Programs and Services and the LGBTQ Center will accept donations for the children of the Oglala Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Items accepted include warm winter clothing and non-perishable food items. The expiration date for food items to be accepted must be 2021 or later. If you are interested in donating, items can be dropped off on UC's Uptown campus at at Steger Student Life Center, 2801 UC Main Street, Room 555, throughout November. 

The month's events are being hosted in collaboration with UC's student anthropology club Anthropos, the Taft Research Center, The Americas, Latinx and the Indigenous People's Research Center. 

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