Native American Heritage Month honors the Ohlone Chocheyno people whose village was located where Mills College now stands. We value and recognize the diversity of Indigenous peoples in the Americas and celebrate this month in memory of our ancestors and for the next seven generations.
Theme: Indigenous peoples have existed for millennia on both sides of the medicine line or borders constructed by nation-states. Traditions, ceremonies, languages and sacred places do not acknowledge the artificial constructions that disrupt communities and their families. This month we celebrate the continuation of cultures and traditions that superseded national borders and honor those who fight for their sacred ceremonies and land bases.
Native American Heritage Walk
Native American Heritage Month Kick Off
Dinner Honoring Native Heritage Month
This event is cosponsored by Bon Appetit.
American Indian Film Festival
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the San Francisco-based festival has become a trusted guide to contemporary American Indian life. A reliable, celebratory and empowering event, the Festival’s array of programs–films, workshops, receptions, awards show—work to replace stereotypes with authentic representations of Native traditions, history and present-day life.
AIFF40 showcases features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos and experimental works of American Indians by filmmakers all around the world. Voted as one of the “Best Native American Experience” by USA Today, the American Indian Film Festival is an event not to miss. Come and join us this year for the 40th Annual American Indian Film Festival, November 6–14, 2015 in San Francisco.
Join us for presentations and critical analyses of the artificial construction of borders. The southern United States border is highly militarized and stigmatized creating dire situations for Latino and Indigenous peoples on both sides of the medicine line constructed by nation-states. Traditions, ceremonies, languages and sacred places do not acknowledge the artificial constructions that disrupt communities and their families.
Mills College Heritage Months are supported in part by the Ethnic Studies Fund. To learn about and donate to the Fund, please click here: Ethnic Studies Fund. Many thanks for your generosity in support of Ethnic Studies and students of color at Mills.
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