Native American culture is getting special attention this month at Kansas University.
During the next three weeks, the campus will note Native American Heritage Month with speakers, dancers and poetry readings. The activities are supported by the Lawrence High School Native American Club, the Department of Natural and Social Sciences at Haskell Indian Junior College, KU's Native American Student Assn. and other KU groups. "One of the major purposes behind N.A.S.A. is to help educate people about the American Indian," said David A.T.N. Skeeter, a first-year KU graduate student in linguistics. Skeeter,25, is a Yuchi and Creek from Tulsa. "Activities like this provide different venues to learn more. I hope that sometime in the future, some of the stereotypical ideas that people have about American Indians will be gone."
Next Tuesday, members of the American Indian Movement will speak. AIM has recently been fighting against the use of Native American symbols at sports events.
"We're not expecting any controversy on campus," Skeeter said. "This group is on its way to a conference on sports and racism in the media that week. We asked if they would stop by."
The schedule for the month is:
Forum on Racism and Native Americans by members of AIM, 7 p.m. Tuesday in Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union.
"Songs of Life" by members of Haskell's Thunderbird Theatre, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union.
Native American Issues and Culture with Susan Harjo, director of the Morning Star Foundation in Washington, D.C., 2:30 p.m., Nov. 13, Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union.
White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers, 7 p.m., Nov. 16, Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union.
Racial issues discussion by the KU Coalition of the Lawrence Alliance, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18, Regionalist Room.
"The Place of Native American Languages in Education" by Akira Yamamoto, KU professor, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 18, Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union.
KU students Jennifer Attocknie and Leslie Tuckwin will perform scenes from "Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots" at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 19, in Alderson Auditorium.
Haskell student poetry readings, 1:30 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium.