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Carolina celebrates American Indian Heritage Month

The monthlong observance will feature a lecture, film screening, art gallery, culture show and Cherokee language classes.

A person wears traditional ceremonial garb.
The Carolina Indian Circle hosted their annual powwow March 5 at Fetzer Gym. The celebration drew dozens of dancers and drummers from Native American tribes in North Carolina and the surrounding states.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate American Indian Heritage Month beginning Nov. 1 with a series of events hosted by the American Indian Center.

This year’s monthlong celebration will include a lecture, a film viewing and cultural activities that share traditions, examine cultural impacts and discuss the ways of American Indian life.

The 10th annual Michael D. Green Lecture in American Indian Studies will headline the month. Scott Manning Stevens will deliver the keynote lecture titled “Politics of Vanishing: Indian Removal Then and Now.”

A citizen of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation and the director of the Native American Studies Program at Syracuse University, Stevens is an expert in Native American cultures of the Northeast from the pre-colonial period to the present.

Other events throughout the month include Cherokee language classes every Friday, an art gallery in the Student Union, a beading workshop on Nov. 6 and the third annual culture show on Nov. 29

For a complete list of events, visit the American Indian Center website.