Club plans cultural week activities

The Native American Student Association hopes to share their native culture with all OCCC students during a number of events Nov. 18 through 22, said NASA President and diversified studies major Brittany Smith.

“We need to let people know about our culture …,” Smith said.

NASA is hosting 12 different free events during the week. Smith said students are encouraged to participate.

“We are not only trying to promote the modern, but we’re actually trying to educate about the past,” she said.

At 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, vocalist Daisy Swift will perform and Oklahoma Princesses will be present.

At 12:30 p.m. the Riverside Indian Club will provide dancing, and singers Amos and Glen also will perform. All of the events will be held in the general dining area.

Lawyer for the Osage Nation, Wilson Pipstem, will speak at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the theater and at 12:30 p.m. Terry Tsotigh will play the flute in the general dining area.

There will be a showing of the film ‘Native American Paranormal’ at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the theater, and Chickasaw storytelling at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the College Union. Chickasaw culture and history will be presented at 12:30 p.m., which will include displays and artifacts in the college Union. Deejay Brian Frejo also will perform at 12:30 p.m. in the general dining area.

NASA will have a drum making demonstration at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the College Union.

Friday Nov. 22, will bring multiple events, including a baskets and beading demonstrations at 11:30 a.m., the Riverside Apache Club at 12:30 p.m. in the general dining area. Choctaw dancing and stickball demonstrations will be at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the College Union. Also, Spiritual Speaker Pat Pacheco will discuss Native American spirituality at 11:30 a.m. in the general dining area.

Smith said NASA also will be selling authentic Indian Tacos and other Indian food from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, and Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the College Union.

Club member and science major Kandace Howell said because November is Native American Heritage Month, the club is focused on giving students a taste of Native American life through experience.

“[NASA wants] to showcase the positive parts of our culture and what we have preserved, and what people don’t know, or just to give them an insight on some of the things we do that they aren’t exposed to.”

She said the club wants to highlight past and present Native American life.

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