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: "Who is Indigenous" All peoples are Indigenous to a particular space in the world. In the process of creating global communities, identities can become stereotyped, misunderstood, and to represent violent images. In 2014, Indigenous people from the Americas have our images sold as relics of a forlorn past or commodified as sports mascots. Rather than have our histories, cultures, and representations defined by others, we are asserting the right to our own images. Many of the images arise from spiritual places that we want to remain as sacred rather than profane.
Native American Heritage Walk
Native American Heritage Month Kick Off
Panel: "We Know Who We Are but Who Do you Think We Are?: Cultural Appropriation of Indigenous and Muslim Cultures."
Similarly, Muslim communities and particularly women have been vilified and represented as violent terrorists marked by distinct clothing or religious practices. Muslims derive from a large variety of cultures and the spiritual practices are peaceful and largely misunderstood. After 9/11, those images became more synonymous with terrorism without investigating the tenets of Islamic religious practices.
This panel will examine some of the overlapping misperceptions of both Indigenous and Muslim peoples.
Dinner Honoring Native Heritage Month
This event is cosponsored by Bon Appetit.
Film Screening of "Pilgrims and Tourists"
Christopher (Toby) McLeod circled the globe for five years filming the Pilgrims and Tourists series. The four documentaries feature indigenous leaders taking stands for ecology and culture against government megaprojects, mining corporations, religious intolerance and climate change. McLeod founded the Sacred Land Film Project at Earth Island Institute in 1984 to make high-impact documentary films relevant to indigenous communities and modern audiences. Awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship for filmmaking and a Student Academy Award in 1983. McLeod holds a master’s degree from U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and a BA in American History from Yale.
Borderlands Panel: "The Medicine Line: Artificial Borders that Divide our Indigenous Communities."
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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