El Centro de Muchos Colores - The Real History of the Americas

The Real History of Americas

11th Annual Real History of the Americas
to celebrate
Indigenous Peoples’ Day at FLC will be held on

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 in the Student Union Ballroom beginning at 10 a.m.

FULL Schedule of event listed below the poster!

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10:00 a.m. Welcome Prayer and Parade of Nations

Opening remarks regarding this year’s theme: “Empowering our Roots: A time to cherish our perseverance, resilience, growth and harmonyJoin our students in a Parade of Nations as we walk across our campus wearing regalia or other meaningful dress representative of our Real History of the Americas. All are welcome!

11-11:30 a.m. “Reciprocity of Knowledge: Indigenous Involvement with Museums and Collections,” presented by FLC student Brandon Castle

The American Museum of Natural History is collaborating with other institutions to come together with Indigenous communities to learn about proper care for the display of their cultural heritage. This collaboration is in progress in order to get the message out that many museums across the Americans have been collecting, purchasing and even stealing indigenous intellectual properties, which is causing all the cultural knowledge from past generations to be forgotten.This is taking away the revitalization of several tribal communities. Brandon, however, is here to also share his experience gained in a New York museum that was able to collaborate with the Northwest Coast First Nations.

11:30-Noon Wikikmal Toxmu’a, Bird Songs: presented by Lead Singer, Michael Mirelez and Bo “ Winslow” Bullchild. Coming from California, these Bird songs of the Cahuilla People are presented by special guests of FLC student Roberta Leash

Bird is a series of songs that tell the story of the Birth of Creation along with struggles faced, adversities and triumphs that the Cahuilla People had to endure to survive. Traditionally, Bird is for social times and begins at dusk and goes until dawn and this happens for three days straight, without repeating a single song. We try and do just as Birds dosing towards the morning sunrise. Bird is a song that helps give life to the Spirit.

Noon- 12:30 p.m. Lunch on your own: Make sure to check out our vendors

12:30-1:00pm Bird Singing Performance Live Outside in Student Union Plaza: “The Social Song and Dance of the Iviatem (Cahuilla People)”

1:00- 1:30pm“What does it mean to be an Inspired Native?” presented by FLC student Alicia “AJ” Nequatewa.

AJ a is a Hopi and Navajo artist, who will explain her process of creating the artwork for this year’s Real History of the Americas poster. She will also be discussing how her art strengthens her Indigenous Identity and the concept of “Native Inspired” through her own lens.

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1:30-2:30 p.m. WORKSHOP #1: Sihasin present “The Roots of our music”

Brother and sister, Jeneda and Clayson Benally of Blackfire from the Navajo (Dine’) Nation, use their music to help reflect hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities, as well as social and environmental justice.

2:30-3:30 p.m. WORKSHOP #2: Tanaya Winder presents “Souls Seeds: Re-Membering Our Rezilience”

Where do stories take root? How does poetry plant itself early on in our artistic beginnings? This workshop will discuss how stories can serve as seeds to create the food that nurtures and heals the flooding of our internal heartscapes. We’ll use poetry and performance to explore how the art of remembering can allow us to re-member – and put ourselves back together after rupture. 

3:30-4:00 p.m. “Culling the Soil: Decolonizing the Colonizer Through Transmedia Storytelling” presented by Ken Walker, a 2018 FLC graduate and former co-chair of Real History of the Americas

Roots that are strong and deep will continue to support and nourish even a severely damaged tree. Over time those roots can source regrowth. New growth will best occur within a supportive environment of healthy soil. The current environmental soil in the United States is still embedded with the dysconscious perspectives of settler colonialism. By culling the soil, removing the mind-sets of colonial dominion, a fresh environment can evolve that will support the continued renewal of Native communities and lives. Utilizing the unique advantages of various types of communication technologies, educational stories and resources can be developed and distributed to help facilitate that change.

4-4:30 p.m. “The importance of storytelling,” presented by FLC graduate Charine Gonzales

Charine will discuss the importance of storytelling for all people. She will explore why and how we tell our peoples stories in a respectful manner. Through her own videography work as a former Sundance Film Festival Native American scholar recipient, two shorts will be shared with the audience: “Feels Good” and “Clay and Earth.” Her interactive workshop will get people talking about what ignites them and help them start developing their own stories.

4:30-5:00 p.m.Recognition and Remarks: FLC alumni, local & regional tribal representatives, event organizers will be recognized for their contribution to this year’s event. Presenters include:

Hozhoni Ambassador April Yazzie

FLC President Dr. Tom Stritkus (tentative)

ASFLC President Chance Salway (Associated Students of FLC is the student-run senate)

5-6:00 p.m.Multicultural potluck & Live entertainment: enjoy performances from our local and special guests while dining on the diversity of foods found throughout the Americas. Many thanks to all the clubs and individuals contributing to this feast!

Hopi Butterfly Dance Group, 8 grade students from Hotecilla Bacavi school will perform an appreciation dance. As students of Bryant Honyouti, the group attended the event as a field trip.

Bird Singing by the Cahuilla Tribal Nation guests Michael Mirelez and Bo “ Winslow” Bullchild

Ballet Folklorico de Durango, this local performing dance group is a cultural arts program used as a tool to promote pride in Hispanic culture as well as assist with the mentorship, recruitment and retention of multicultural students in grades k-20.

6-7:00 p.m.Tanya Winder LIVE Poetry Reading & Performance

7-8:00 p.m.Sihasin LIVE Performance


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A Special Thanks To...

Coordinators of 2017 Real History

Staff Members Nancy Stoffer, Shirena Long, and Joey Dell, Grace Chang,
Faculty Member Kay Holmes, Carolina Alonso

Colllege Sponsors

Club del Centro & El Centro, Common Ground Diversity Programming, Student Union Productions (SUP), Native American Center, Community Concert Hall, Modern Language Department, Office of the President,
RHOA Co-Coordinator

Stacy John

RHOA Co-Coordinator Ken

RHOA Committee members

Stacy John, Bryan Dalla-Cundiff, Deionna Vigil, Rhianon, Veronica Krupnick, Miranda,