Native American Heritage Week

Monday, Nov. 11
Indian Tacos

  • 12:00-1:00 pm, Building A in the Commons Area
  • Students and staff are invited to enjoy Indian Tacos, made with fry bread. For many Native Americans, “frybread” links generations with generations. It is often served both at home and at gatherings. The way it is served varies from region to region.

Monday, Nov. 11 – Thursday, Nov. 15
Ancient Custom Loom Weaving

  • Silver Chavez will have examples of his work on display in the Commons Area.

Tuesday, Nov. 12
Crown Dancers from the White Mountain Apache Tribe

  •  2:00 pm – North American Wind Research and Training Center bay
  • Crown Dancing is a very old and sacred dance tradition. According to Apache belief, the dance was taught to the Apaches by the mountain spirits as a means of healing. Crown Dancers play an important part in many Apache ceremonies.

Thursday, Nov. 14
Presentation on Navajo Code Talkers  

  • 2:00 pm – North American Wind Research and Training Center bay
  • Known as Navajo Code Talkers, they were young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of WWII. Gene Ross, currently of Tucumcari, NM, has prepared a presentation and discussion of these historic events and American heroes.

The speaker is Kai-T Blue-Sky, Wildlife Biologist AWB (Cancelled)

Friday, November 15, 2013
Turquoise Day

  • Wear your turquoise.
  • Legend has it that the Native American Indians danced and rejoiced when the rains came. Their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into Mother Earth to become SkyStone Turquoise. The “fallen sky stone” hidden in Mother Earth, has been valued by cultures for its beauty and reputed spiritual and life-giving qualities for over 7000 years.

The commons will also feature Native American Indian artifacts on display throughout the week.