Native American Heritage Month

November 2018

Monday, November 5th
Navajo Weaving
Presented by Zefren Anderson
NAC Conference RoomNavajo weaver

The Navajo Weaving presentation is made possible by Diné be’ iiná, Inc., a grassroots, nonprofit organization founded in 1991.  Diné be’ iiná, means the way that we, the people live. Their mission is to restore the balance between Navajo culture, life, and land. They seek to preserve, protect, and promote the Navajo way of life; to encourage the participation and cooperation of the Navajo people among themselves and with other people and organizations; and to engage in research, education, development, establishment and promotion of projects and activities which further these ends.

harvest food on tableNative Foods Potluck
Native American Center

Join us for an evening of Indigenous food and great company! The NAC is providing ingredients if you would like to make your own indigenous dish. If you are interested in making a dish of your own, please contact Gabby Allan at by Thurs, Nov. 1st.


Wednesday, November 7th
Coffee & Conversation: Learning, Remembering, and Protecting your Indigenous Langauges
NAC Conference Room
Led by Randy Hughes, NAC Programming Intern


Smoke Signals movie posterWednesday, November 14th
Smoke Signals Film Screening
Vallecito Room
Co-Sponsored by Student Union Productions

Arnold (Gary Farmer) rescued Thomas (Evan Adams) from a fire when he was a child. Thomas thinks of Arnold as a hero, while Arnold's son Victor (Adam Beach) resents his father's alcoholism, violence and abandonment of his family. Uneasy rivals and friends, Thomas and Victor spend their days killing time on a Coeur d'Alene reservation in Idaho and arguing about their cultural identities. When Arnold dies, the duo set out on a cross-country journey to Phoenix to retrieve Arnold's ashes.


moccasinsThursday, November 15th
Rock Your Mocs
Wear your traditional attire and your moccasins!
Group Photo at the NAC at 12pm





Lee FrancisMonday, November 26th
NAC Speaker Series: Lee Francis

Dr. Lee Francis IV (Pueblo of Laguna) is the Head Indigenerd and CEO of Native Realities, the only Native and Indigenous pop culture company in the United States with the hope to change the perceptions of Native and Indigenous people through dynamic and imaginative pop culture representations. He has been published in multiple publications ranging from poetry to short stories. His first comic book, Sixkiller, will be released this spring. He lives in Albuquerque with his family.

Student Lunch with Lee Francis
NAC Conference Room

Keynote: Indigenerds Assemble: Indigenous Identity and the Invisible Struggle in the 21st Century
Vallecito Room

For more than four hundred years, Native and Indigenous people have played a significant role in global popular culture.  From the earliest portrayals of the “Noble Savage” through the villainous “Red Devil”, the images and representations of Native American and North American Indigenous Peoples have been used to shape policy and perpetuate efforts of genocide and ethnocide throughout North America. The rise of the Indigenerd coincides with concerted efforts by marginalized communities to assert themselves in establishing authentic representations within global pop culture (Smith, Choueiti & Pieper, 2016;  CFMJ, 2015; Neill, 2009). The inclusion/exclusion of images and representations in popular culture have a profound impact on identity development, policy creation, and direct experiences by Native and Indigenous peoples (Phillips & Stegman, 2014). As such, it is beneficial for Indigenous activists to take on the mantle of Indigenerd in order to challenge the misrepresentations that continue to reinforce stereotypes. This talk will explore the history of Native and Indigenous people in popular culture and highlight some of the amazing efforts of Indigenerds worldwide to actively change the representations of Native people through dynamic and powerful expressions of self and culture.

Tuesday, November 27th
Indigenous Webcomic Workshop
Vallecito Room
Led by Lee Francis

The need for Native people to explore and control their own media is critical in this digital age.  Participants in this workshop will learn how to develop and distribute their own webcomics based on personal identity and cultural explorations.  In this workshop we will:

  • Create mini-comics that utilize traditional language and new media, to tell our stories for the 21st century.
  • Learn the fundamentals of webcomics and how to create their own webcomic websites


Native American Heritage Month Poster
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Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by:

  • Native American Center
  • John and Sophie Ottens Foundation
  • Native Realities
  • Student Union Productions
  • Diné be’ iiná, Inc.

For more information, please contact Gabrielle Allan at or at 970-247-7225.