In past years, Native and Indigenous Heritage Month at Missouri State University was called “Native American Heritage Month.” Missouri State changed it this year to incorporate tribes and nations outside of Native Americans and celebrate the groups more holistically.
Events scheduled in November will highlight communities and histories that are not usually included in educational curriculums and affirm these identities. Sponsored by multicultural programs, the events are free and open to the public.
“The history of native and indigenous people is part of our country and forces us to really examine the impact of colonization and its effects on existing tribes and nations,” said Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, executive director of multicultural programs. “Given that our university is a public affairs institution, we invite students and community members to take a step out of their comfort zone and engage in these events.”
The month’s highlighted event is the Native and Indigenous Heritage Month Banquet at 5 p.m. Nov. 17 in Plaster Student Union Ballroom West. It will include samplings from traditional native and indigenous foods, and a cultural performance by the native and indigenous group, “Beyond the Circle Dancers.” RSVP required.
A Night of Storytelling, Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center Annex, 4 p.m.
Learn about native and indigenous history through storytelling. Free food will be provided.
Documentary and Dialogue: Native and Indigenous Communities, Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center Annex, 1 p.m.
The event features a documentary screening on native and indigenous communities followed by a discussion to promote healthy critical discourse.
Craft Lunch Hour, Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center Annex, 12 p.m.
Learn about native and indigenous history while making crafts. Free food will be provided.
For more information, contact Garcia-Pusateri at 417-836-8921.