Lawrence, Kansas and Haskell Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
Four Winds Native Center and Haskell Indian Nations University students will be hosting a number of activities this month as part of Native American Heritage Month.
The next events will be a Night of Lanterns and a Celebrate the Youth powwow November 16. The educational Night of Lanterns event will feature luminary displays and will teach attendees about the early beginnings of Haskell Indian Nations University and influential Native American leaders who helped shape North America. The event will take place at Haskell from 6 to 8 p.m. If weather is inclement the event will be held November 18. The powwow will feature an all youth head staff and special performances by Haskell’s Pueblo Club. The powwow will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Tecumseh Hall at Haskell.
Upcoming events include a screening of “Bad Sugar” on November 19 and Frybread 101, which will teach participants various ways to make frybread on November 20.
Sonya Ortiz, Four Winds Native Center president, is using this month to educate as many people as she can about Native Americans.
“We want them to know we’re more than just powwows,” Ortiz told the University Daily Kansan. “We’re more than what they see on TV and Hollywood stereotyping. We’re individuals that, because of westernized education, are clumped into one category. There’s more to us than that.”