MOA to Recognize Indigenous Peoples Day

In 1992, a group of indigenous activists successfully petitioned the city of Berkeley to declare Columbus Day as a “Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People” as a means of drawing attention to Native history, culture, and social justice during the Quincentennial celebration of the Columbus voyage.  This event marks the first civic celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, which has since grown in popularity and spread to other cities, state governments, and universities.  In North Carolina, NCSU adopted an official Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration in place of Columbus Day in 2015, as did the city government of Carrboro, followed by the city of Asheville in 2016. The Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology supports this re-focusing of the public holiday to celebrate the lives, cultures, and contributions of indigenous peoples. To this end, MOA will host several public events on October 9, 2017, to mark the holiday.

1:00pm-2:00pm Brown Bag Talk
Master metalsmith William Rogers has conducted extensive research in the use of copper by Native peoples and helped lead an effort to revive the craft of metalworking among members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.  He will speak on the ancient technologies used in metalworking, sharing his research and interest in craft revitalization.  He will demonstrate the techniques used to transform a piece of native copper into an art piece.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch to enjoy during the talk.  Free and open to the public.

2:00pm-5:00pm Copper Workshop
Rogers will lead a hands-on workshop in which participants make copper pendants or badges using ancient techniques.  Examples of NC Native American copper artifacts will serve as inspiration.  Students will have a chance to temporarily display their art pieces at the Museum. Participants should attend 1pm talk.  $20 per person, WFU students free.  All materials included. Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.  Email or call 336.758.5282.

 5:00pm-6:15pm Reception
Enjoy light refreshments and mingle with guests while viewing a temporary exhibit on copper and trade in pre-European contact North Carolina.  Free and open to the public.

 6:30pm-7:30pm NC Indigenous Revitalization Panel Discussion
Nora Stanley-Dial, member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and board member of the Community Foundation for Greater Greensboro, Dr. Tom Belt, member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and coordinator of the Cherokee Language Program at Western Carolina University, and Dr. Margaret Bender, Associate Professor of linguistic anthropology at Wake Forest University, will discuss the concept of indigenous cultural revitalization in North Carolina with a focus on language and celebration.  Free and open to the public.

These events are sponsored by the Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Intercultural Center, and Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies program.

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