KINGSTON, RI – November 15, 2021 – The University of Rhode Island and the Native American Student Organization are hosting several events this month to celebrate the rich history and contributions of Native Americans in our communities as part of Native American Heritage Month.
“We have a lot to celebrate and a lot to learn from these important members of our community,” said URI President Marc B. Parlange. “I hope you will join me and NASO throughout the month for Indigenous games, music, vendors, and other important events, including a traditional dance performance where attendees can learn a simple footwork.
November events include:
Tuesday November 16: Join the URI community on the Quadrangle from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to listen to music by Indigenous artists, games such as Ring and Pin, Hubbub and Stick ball (lacrosse) and information booths on Indigenous history and the social justice issues facing Native Americans today.
Also for the next few weeks, Indigenous vendors will set up during the day in front of the Memorial Union and the Multicultural Student Service Center, selling beads, art, jewelry and accessories all handmade by Indigenous peoples.
Tuesday evening, November 16: The Multicultural Student Services Center, in collaboration with the URI Women’s Center, will present a roundtable, “The Silent Genocide: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women”. The event will take place in the Hardge Forum of the Multicultural Center from 5 p.m. Catering will be provided by Sly Fox Den, a Native owned restaurant offering Native Northeastern cuisine.
Tuesday 23 November: Come to the Quadrangle for more music, games and the chance to learn more about Indigenous history from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday November 30: A performance featuring traditional Indigenous dance will take place at 6 p.m. at Ram’s Den in Memorial Union. In addition to performances of the main categories of traditional dance, there will be drum and flute music and social dances for everyone to participate.
If you’re looking for more Indigenous history, check out the Tomaquag Museum exhibit, “Far From Home: Stories of Native American Residential Schools”, in the old University Club at 95 Upper College Road, on the Kingston campus. The traveling exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and runs until January 7.