American Indian Week at NMSU begins Monday

From dance to film, and from art to tacos, American Indian Week at New Mexico State University offers a variety of unique events.

The celebration is coordinated by students in American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Native American Business Student Association and United Native American Organization. Events are also made possible by American Indian Programs and Associated Students of NMSU.

Renai Nez, president of American Indian Science and Engineering Society, said everyone is invited to the events.

“The goal of American Indian Week on campus is to recognize and embrace our indigenous heritage,” Nez said. “It is an opportunity for the NMSU staff and students to experience our cultures through dances, songs, prayers and our legacy as indigenous people. Each event shows a part of our background and the beautiful teachings that our elders instilled in us. During this time, other American Indian students gather at our events and enjoy the comfort of home being brought to NMSU.”

This year’s American Indian Week offers something to celebrate for six consecutive days:

Monday, April 3
– Opening Ceremony (10 to 11 a.m.)
Corbett Center Student Union Outdoor Stage
– Miss Native American NMSU Meet and Greet Reception (5 to 7 p.m.)
Corbett Center Senate Chambers (third floor)

Tuesday, April 4
– Modern Native American Panel Discussion (3 to 5 p.m.)
Corbett Center Auditorium (second floor)
– Movie Night: “Turquoise Rose” (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
This movie is about a young Navajo girl from Arizona who must choose between Europe and her ailing grandmother.
Corbett Center Senate Chambers

Wednesday, April 5
– Indian Taco Demonstration (10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
American Indian Student Center Courtyard
– Cibeque Apache Crown Dancers (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Corbett Center Outdoor Stage

Thursday, April 6
Miss Native American NMSU Pageant (5 to 9 p.m.)
Corbett Center Auditorium

Friday, April 7
– Arts and Crafts Fair (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Corbett Center First Floor
– Story Tellers Concert in conjunction with Indigenous Ways of Knowing Conference (6 to 11 p.m.)
Featuring Def-I, Benzo, Ehren Natay, Walatowa Massive and DJ Roman
Corbett Center Outdoor Stage

Saturday, April 8
– Arts and Crafts Fair (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Outside Kent Hall University Museum
– Indian Taco Sale (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Outside Kent Hall University Museum
– Jemez Dance Group (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Outside Kent Hall University Museum

For more information, call 575-646-4207 or email [email protected]

Author:  Kristie Garcia – NMSU