Monday, November 21, 2011

NAP Weekly Announcements - Fall 2011 - Week 10

1. New NAS Courses
2. 2nd Annual New England Native American Art Show & Sale

3. Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference 
4. New England Science Symposium  (NESS)
5. Award-Winning Storytellers to Perform During Winter Celebration
6. AS NUTAYUNEAN - We Still Live Here

Announcements and Events

1. New NAS Courses

Our new NAS professor Angela Parker will be offering these dynamic courses for Winter 2012:

Indigenous Communities and the Environment
Winter Quarter 2012 - NAS 33
10A: Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-11:50 am

Course Description
At the same time as indigenous identity has been linked to an 'aboriginal' association with a land base - usually in opposition to settler colonists - the relationship between indigenous communities and their lived environment has alternately been attacked, undermined, or romanticized by non-Natives. This course challenges this by exploring the concrete and lived relationship between indigenous communities and the environment in a thematic survey. Using books, articles, and documentary films, students are asked to consider the following questions during each unit:
1.      How is indigenous identity expressed in relation to the physical environment?
2.      What are the concrete, physical, and lived relationships between indigenous communities and the places and spaces in which they live?
3.      How do changes in the physical environment impact indigenous communities and identities?
4.      What forms of activism or action do indigenous individuals and communities undertake in order to protect, preserve, or revitalize their relationships with their physical environment? What has the most impact and why?

20th Century Native American History
Winter Quarter 2012 - NAS 16
2A: Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:50 pm

Course Description
Serving as the final course in a three-quarter survey of Native American history, this class reviews Native history from the late 19th century to the present, focusing on the interplay between large institutions and structures - such as federal and state governments, or the US legal system - and the lived, local experience of tribal communities. The major themes followed throughout the course of the term include: historical narrative (and what it justifies or explains), place and space (how local and national entities define territories), and indigeneity (indigenous identity).

2. 2nd Annual New England Native American Art Show & Sale

Saturday, December 3, 2011
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sheraton Commander Hotel
16 Garden St. Cambridge, MA

Please join the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP), and Gedakina for the 2nd Annual New England Native American Art Show and Sale. This show will feature some of New Englands (and beyond) premier Native American Artists who will showcase their artwork for one day only. One of a kind jewelry, paintings, baskets, wampum, carvings, and more will be available for purchase, along with books from regional Native authors.

For additional information please contact:
Shelly Lowe – Executive Director – HUNAP  (617) 495-4923
Rick Pouliot – Executive Director – Gedakina  (603) 673-3089

3. Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference 
Taking place at the Westin Hotel Copley Place in Boston on Saturday, March 31 2011. BSCP was founded in 1991 to identify, inform, support and provide mentoring for outstanding minority students, particularly African–American, Hispanic-Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students in the six New England states and beyond. To learn more, please see enclosed information which includes a letter to colleague, letter to student and application materials. Please note that the BSCP application deadline is February 1, 2012.

4. New England Science Symposium  (NESS)
Taking place at Harvard Medical School on Sunday, April 1. This is an opportunity for students to present their research. Online abstract submission and registration at
Please note abstracts submission deadline is January 5, 2012.

Purpose of NESS (from the website)
The New England Science Symposium, established in 2002, provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to  share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.

~The EE Just program has funds to support travel and accommodations for undergraduate Dartmouth students who plan to attend.~
Please contact Kathy Scott Weaver, Assistant Director of Women in Science Project, if you have questions.
6243 Parker House
Hanover, NH 03755

5. Award-Winning Storytellers to Perform During Winter Celebration
December 10,  10:00am-4:00pm at MKIM
Admission: Members Free, Non-members $5
Some Native Americans consider winter to be the proper time for telling stories. The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is pleased to announce that four storytellers, including Native American Music Award winners Ken Quiet Hawk and Deb New Moon Rising, will share their tales with visitors of all ages during our Winter Celebration. The day's events will include powwow-style drumming, crafts, games and a sale at the Dream Catcher gift shop.

 The day's events:

10am  - crafts and games that will continue throughout the day

11am - Abenaki storyteller Willow Greene will share stories passed down by her family members and generations of Abenaki storytellers.

Noon - The stories continue at noon with Hears Crow, a Narragansett storyteller and poet who keeps alive the ceremonies, songs and stories of the 'old ones.'

1pm - Mountain Spirit Drum led by New Hampshire Intertribal Native American Council Chief and Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Trustee, Peter Newell.

2pm - Abenaki storytellers Ken Quiet Hawk and Deb New Moon Rising. Ken and Deb believe that "Storytelling should be a means of teaching, teaching us all how to be better people." Recordings of their stories have won two Native American Music Awards for Best Spoken Word Recordings and they have also been nominated Best Male Artist and Best Female Artist.

6. AS NUTAYUNEAN - We Still Live Here
November 30,  6:30pm at UNH Manchester Auditorium
Free & Open to the Public

The Wampanoag nation of  southeastern Massachusetts ensured the survival of the first English settlers  in America, and lived to regret it. AS NUTAYUNEAN - We Still Live Here tells  the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language  with no Native speakers has been revived in this country. Spurred on by an  indomitable linguist named Jessie Little Doe, the Wampanoag are bringing their  language and their culture back.

Discussion to follow.