University of Dayton Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium 2013

Please Note: Registration has ended for these events.

This annual three-day colloquium will be held October 30 through November 1, 2013. It addresses issues of spirituality and traditions of Native Americans with lectures, performances and multi-media presentations.

Sponsor: Department of Communication; The Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha is sponsored by the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages as a part of the Campus Cultural Connections series.

Joanne ShenandoahContact:
 Mary Anne Angel

Phone number: 937-229-2548; for urgent concerns 937-760-1936

Supporting involvement: Graul Chair in Arts and Languages

Websites:Department of Communication and Graul Chair in the Arts and Languages

This event is free and open to the public. Registration for the colloquium is recommended. Registration is required for the luncheon on Friday, November 1. Luncheon attendees must register no later than Monday, October 21.

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October Events

Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium

Film Screening

Date: Wednesday, October 30

Time: 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Location: Group FlexSpace, Roesch Library

Film screening of The Mission (1986) by Roland Joffé - A fictionalized account of history surrounding the 1750 Treaty of Madrid and its impact on a South American Guaraní mission. Clips will be used in the Oct. 31 panel Native Spirituality and Catholicism.

Native Blessing Ceremony

Date: Thursday, October 31

Time: 2:00 - 2:30 pm

Location: UD Central Mall

Four directions ceremony to purify the spaces in and around us, to ask that goodness comes from all we do, and to offer gratitude.

Leon BriggsNative Spirituality and Catholicism

Date: Thursday, October 31

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Location: Sears Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center

Following multi-media film clips, panelists Paul Riffon B.A. (REL), Leon Briggs (Tonanwanda Seneca Reservation) and Ray Two Crows Wallen (Ga-Li) will offer perspectives on the intersection of Native spirituality and Catholicism. The audience will offer questions and responses. Moderator: Jack Ling Ph.D. (Institutional Diversity & Inclusion).

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November Events

Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium

Douglas GeorgeOral Tradition: More than Folk Tales

Date: Friday, November 1

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am

Location: Torch Lounge, located on the first floor of Kennedy Union

Alicia Pagan and Raymond Two Crows Wallen (Ga-Li) and flutist John DeBoer accompanied by Jr. Smith will interweave stories and music into their discussion of storytelling as an ancient yet living tradition that preserves history, passes on culture, and offers insights into the worldview of Native Peoples.

Luncheon and Discussion of  Women - Peace, Justice and Spirituality from the Iroquois Perspective

Date: Friday, November 1

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Location: KU Ball Room, located on the second floor of Kennedy Union

Joanne and Leah Shenandoah and Doug George Kanentiio will discuss women’s leadership within the context of radical compassion, traditional law, and the Principles of Indigenous Rights.

Please indicate your interest in attending this luncheon event when registering for the colloquium. Register no later than Monday, October 21 to ensure a seat at the luncheon.

Leanne ShendandoahCampus Cultural Connections: The Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, A Native Perspective

Date: Friday, November 1

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Location: KU Ball Room, located on the second floor of Kennedy Union

A Campus Cultural Connections event, Award-winning Mohawk writer Doug George-Kanentiio and award-winning musicians and artists Joanne and Leah Shenandoah will discuss the significance of Pope Benedict’s bestowal of sainthood on a native person, including reflections on their participation in the two-day canonization event at the Vatican. Sheila Hassell Hughes Ph.D. (Chair, Department of English) will offer a response. Moderated by Jack Ling Ph.D. (Institutional Diversity and Inclusion).

Campus Cultural Connections is a series established by the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages

Native Dance: A Haudenosaunee Perspective

Date: Friday, November 1

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Location: Torch Lounge, located on the first floor of Kennedy Union

The Haudenosaunee Dancers (Onondaga) will demonstrate traditional Native dances as they tell stories about the relationship of Native dance to history, culture, and spirituality, including the impact of colonization.

Pre-Concert Tiospaye

Date: Friday, November 1

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Location: Torch Lounge, located on the first floor of Kennedy Union

This is a Meet and Greet with performances by the Chaske Hotain Lakota Drum, Haudenosaunee Dancers, John DeBoer, Jr. Smith, Ga-Li and others who make NPAC events possible.

Joanne ShenandoahPeace and Power Concert

Date: Friday, November 1

Time: 8:00 - 9:30 pm

Location: KU Ball Room, located on the second floor of Kennedy Union

Joanne and Leah Shenandoah will perform in concert and include reflections about their family’s participation in the Project Peace on Earth Christmas Eve concerts 2011 and 2012. Project Peace on Earth Christmas concerts are held at Manger Square in Bethlehem, Palestine and bring together Arab, Israeli, Muslim, Christian, and Buddhist musicians.

Universal Prayer for Peace and Justice

Date: Friday, November 1

Time: 9:30 - 10:00 pm

Location: KU Ball Room, located on the second floor of Kennedy Union

Participants are encouraged to wear or carry colors and symbols that share and honor their communal identities.

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Internal Sponsors

This colloquium is made possible in a large part by the sponsorship and collaboration of the following University of Dayton offices:

  • Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives
  • Center for Social Concern
  • College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Graduate School
  • Graul Chair in Arts and Languages
  • Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Provost
  • Women's Center
  • University Libraries

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