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University to Host Events in Recognition of Native American Heritage Month

Ferris State University is recognizing Native American Heritage Month with opportunities for students to learn about Native American history and traditions.

The month-long celebration features events that are designed to develop an understanding of Native American culture in Michigan and around the U.S., explore stereotypes and accurate representations of Native Americans, food, and to experience what happens in a Michigan tribal community.

Native American Heritage Month events are free and open to students, faculty and staff, and Big Rapids community members. The celebration is co-sponsored by the Circle of Tribal Nations, the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Social Sciences department and the Office of International Education.
Schedule of Events:

Tribal Museum Tour and Harvest Feast Meal (Ghost Supper)

  • When: Friday, Nov. 7, Mount Pleasant
  • What: The trip will depart campus at 3 p.m. from the Interdisciplinary Resource Center connector. It will include a tour at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifewats, and a Ghost Supper (tribal harvest feast) experience with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. You must RSVP by calling (231) 591-2087 in order to attend.

Native Visions: Two-Person Performing Arts Exploration of Influential Native Americans

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Williams Auditorium
  • What: Will and Company, based out of Los Angeles, will perform their play, Native Visions, highlighting the lives of important Native Americans who have shaped our country. This performance is a blend of entertainment and education that will leave the audience empowered with knowledge and a pride of true American history.

A Native American Thanksgiving: What Feasting and Feast Meals Are All About

  • When: Monday, Nov. 24, 5 p.m., Interdisciplinary Resource Center, Room 120
  • What: The presentation will include authentic food dishes, Native American guest speakers, and a display table with items made for sale by the Circle of Tribal Nations. Come celebrate thanksgiving with your Ferris family before you head out for the holiday break.