The Real History of the Americas at FLC takes a different look at the Western world
A collaborative group of Fort Lewis College cultural centers, students and staff proudly presents the 7th annual “Real History of the Americas” program on Columbus Day 2014. This unique program runs from noon to 8:30 p.m., Monday, October 13, at FLC’s Student Union Outdoor ballroom. A culminating evening show will be at the Vallecito Room beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome anytime.
The Real History of the Americas takes a positive, but different look at the history of North and South America from the viewpoints of Hispanic, African-American, Asian, and Native peoples, among others. Featured artists include World Slam Poetry Champions Sister Outsider and MTV artist of the week Supaman performing at 1:50 for a preview show and again at 6:30 p.m.
The all-day long event offers workshops, inspirational identity activities, open mic sessions, poetry, a workshop about the real history of the LGBTQ community members, live dance performances by FLC’s Dine Club, Ballet Folklorico, Bala Sinem Native American choir as well as local Ignacio High School drumming group, and much more.
For a full calendar of events, please visit the Real History of the Americas tab at: www.fortlewis.edu/elcentro, or call El Centro de Muchos Colores Hispano Resource Center at (970) 247-7654.
Real History of the Americas was created by Native American students on campus to empower and share a variety of Real Histories of the Americas on the day that is also known as Columbus Day or the Day of the Race in the United States. This year, FLC student leaders and juniors Mariah Gachupin and Danielle Lucero have co-coordinated this entire event with help from dozens of student clubs, volunteers and FLC staff members. College sponsors include: Club del Centro & El Centro, Common Ground Diversity Programming, Student Union Productions (SUP), Native American Center, and the Center of Southwest Studies.
For more information about why we celebrate this Real History of the Americas, please see this interview on Democracy Now! When Amy Goodman interview some of our key founders of the event: http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2012/10/8.
About our Entertainers & Special Guests:
Sisters Outsiders: Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman are Sister Outsider. This duo represents two of the top three female slam poets in the world. Their tour marks the first time two Women of the World Poetry Slam Champions have paired up. Dominique Christina is a writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds five national titles in the four years she has been competing in slam, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently the only person to have held two national titles at one time and the only person to have won two Women of the World Poetry Championships. Denice Frohman is an award-winning poet, lyricist, and educator, whose multi-cultural upbringing inspires her to explore the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and the "in-between-ness" that exists in us all. She is the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, a 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient, and 2013 Hispanic Choice Award winner. Her work has been commissioned by Philadelphia’s citywide “UnLitter Us” Campaign, GALAEI (Gay and Lesbian Latino Aids Education Initiative), and has appeared in the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Advocate and literary publications such as The Apiary and Alight. Her poem "Dear Straight People" went viral after being featured on Upworthy, and has over 700,000 views on Youtube.
Supaman: As a member of the “Apsaalooke Nation”, Supaman makes his home on the Crow reservation in Montana. The name “Supaman” hardly describes the person who Is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a humble Native American dancer and hip hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering youth and educating listeners with a message of hope through culture and music. In 2005 he won a (Nammy) The Native American Music Award for his group “Rezawrecktion” and has since released three self-produced projects which have all received national recognition and awards including the 2011 North American Indigenous Image Award for outstanding hip hop album! Christian’s presentation combines Native American culture, humor, and urban hip hop culture which dazzles audiences, captivates listeners and breaks down stereotypes.