December 6 - Eastern Woodland Pathways Dance Troupe and Spirit Wing - 5PM - Steinman College Center Atrium
On Tuesday, December 6, at 5 p.m., the Eastern Woodland Pathways Dance Troupe and Spirit Wing will perform in the Atrium of the Steinman College Center. The Dance Troupe provides a rare look into the social dances of the indigenous people of the North Eastern United States and Canada. Their dances represent the Munsee and Iroquois Confederacy. Spirit Wing, which features Barbara Andrews Christy on native flute and vocals and Barry Lee on guitar and lead vocals, performs original contemporary Americana/Country music with lyrics reflecting Native America.
November 10 - Common Hour - 11:30 AM – 12:35 PM - Mayser Gymnasium
Decolonizing Tribal Environmental Health: Making Environmental Science and Policy Work for Indian Nations
Darren J. Ranco, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Coordinator of Native American Research, University of Maine
Since the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington DC in 1991, Indigenous leadership in environmental justice movements has reflected cultural investments to ensure the health of the natural world for present and future generations. In this talk, Darren Ranco will look at indigenous leadership on just, culturally appropriate alternative management systems in the context of climate adaptation, invasive species management, and environmental monitoring and regulation, with a focus on how tribal nations are defining and re-defining notions of environmental health. He will pay particular attention to how tribes have used indigenous research methods and the “Health and Well-Being” model to develop knowledge, strategies, and regulatory models that protect tribal cultures and future generations. Darren Ranco is a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation.
This event was proposed by Mary Ann Levine. It is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, College Library, Public Health Program, the Center for the Sustainable Environment, and the Edwin D. Eshleman Endowed Lectureship.
November 10 - Opening Reception - 4:30PM - Martin Library of the Sciences
November 14 - Carolyn Rittenhouse - 4:30PM - Academy Room, Shadek-Fackenthal Library
On Monday, November 14 at 4:30 in the Academy Room, Carolyn Rittenhouse will present Native American Traditions Provide Healing. Ms. Rittenhouse is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and lives in Lancaster with her family. She is a graduate of Millersville University with a B.A. in Anthropology and is completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Throughout Pennsylvania and at Millersville University, she has educated others on the lives, identity, and traditions of Native peoples. Carolyn works in the Educational Foundations Department at Millersville University and continues her education and research on her Native American ancestry.