Native People of the Americas Colloquium 2018


NOvember 12-13, 2018

Indigenous Humor

Click HERE for the 2018 NPAC Program

The colloquium is a yearly forum at the University of Dayton intended to give voice to indigenous issues, perspectives and experiences. In emphasizing the value that comes from understanding and engaging Native perspectives, we can construct a community that is truly inclusive.

Circle of Light, an inclusion and diversity program at the University of Dayton, and a planning committee of University faculty and staff coordinate the Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium. Mary Anne Angel founded Circle of Light in 2000.

*Registration required for some events

Monday, November 12

Music and story-telling will be provided between sessions by Ga-Li and Perry Ground throughout the day in the Kennedy Union Ballroom.

Native Blessing Ceremony

Central Mall (rain location: Kennedy Union ballroom), 9:05 A.M.

Luncheon: The Universal Language of Music and Storytelling: A Native Perspective with Alicia Pagan and Raymond Two Crows Wallen
KU Ballroom, 12:20 P.M.
RSVP to Mary Anne Angel at Registrations will be accepted on a first come basis until all openings are filled.

Native Humor and the Changing Face of Contemporary Storytelling
KU Ballroom, 2:30 P.M.

Special Guest Presenter: Drew Hayden Taylor (Anishnawbe) 

Defining Womanhood, Power and Communication
KU Ballroom, 4:30

Performance by Adrianne Chalepah (Kiowa/Apache)

Community Drumming and Dancing KU Ballroom, 7:30 P.M.

Hosts: Perry Ground and the Chaske Hotain Lakota Drummers and Dancers

Tuesday, November 13

Re-thinking Thanksgiving—A Native American Perspective on
an American Holiday, Part 1
KU Ballroom, 11 A.M.
Perry Ground will first offer an overview of this misunderstood holiday, based on the only primary source documents that chronicle the “First Thanksgiving .” Using a quiz-style format, he will share accurate and culturally appropriate information about the feast, the relationship between the English settlers and Wampanoag and how this story became the holiday we know today. The concept of thanksgiving held by many Native Americans, including the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), will be emphasized so participants can understand how Native Peoples view Thanksgiving today.

Luncheon: Re-thinking Thanksgiving — A Native American Perspective on an American Holiday, Part 2
KU Ballroom, 12:30 P.M.
RSVP to Mary Anne Angel at Registrations will be accepted on a first come basis until all openings are filled.

Leon’s Magical Fry Bread Workshop

McGinnis Multi-purpose Room, Adele Center, 2 P.M.
RSVP to Mary Anne Angel at Registrations will be accepted on a first come basis until all openings are filled.

An Interactive Discussion of Two Spirit Identity

KU Ballroom, 10:10 AM


In conjunction with the colloquium, the campus community is invited to
attend a series of films throughout the semester further exploring Native
American identity and history.

NPAC Film Series (all held in Sears Auditorium, Humanities Bldg.)

Sep 27, 7-9 pmReel Injuns

Oct 25, 7-9 pmSearching for Winnetou 

Nov 15, 7-9 pmSomething Inside is Broken

Dec 6, 7-9 pmThe Cherokee Word for Water 


NPAC Committee

Tereza Szeghi, co-chair
Tom Morgan, co-chair
Mary Anne Angel
Daria-Yvonne Graham
Jennifer Brancato
Nick Cardilino
Scott West
Shannon Toll
Stephanie Litka 


The NPAC planning committee would like to extend our
gratitude to our sponsors, collaborators, presenters and

Internal Sponsors

Arts and Sciences Cluster Coordinating Committee, Center
for Social Concern, Circle of Light Program, Department of
Communication, Department of English, University Graduate
School, Graul Chair in Arts and Languages, Department
of History, Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Office of
Multicultural Affairs, Office of the President, Office of the
Provost, Department of Philosophy, Department of Religious
Studies, University Libraries Diversity and Inclusion
Committee, and the Women’s Center

External Sponsors

Chaske Hotain Singers, Ga-Li, Medicine Bow Forge, Standing
Rock Indian Reservation, Tonawanda Seneca Reservation,
Two Trees Inc. and Weinkauf Film Productions

Contact Us

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Dayton, Ohio 45469