43rd Annual Symposium on the American Indian

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS
VENDOR INFO
LODGING INFO


43rd Annual Symposium on the American Indian
Children: The Seeds of Change

The Impact of Tribal Knowledge and Sovereign Rights on the Future of Cultural Identity

April 14-18, 2015
Northeastern State University
University Center, Tahlequah, OK

The distinct role of children and youth is evident in the mainstream of Indigenous cultures. A common thread woven through the history and heritage of many tribes is the responsibility of adults, with emphasis on elders, of nurturing a sense of compassion for knowledge and skills to perpetuate the passing-on of cultural identity and tribal knowledge. Tribal cultures vary in the ways beliefs, values, and attitudes were traditionally communicated to children in the past, and in contemporary times, the blending of cultural teachings is highly prevalent. With the passage of time, change occurs naturally, and ideas of culture, image, and identity are continually redefined. With a vision for the well-being of future generations, we look to a cultural metamorphosis that proceeds carefully and deliberately, strengthened by the foundation we set today.

Hosted By:
NSU Center for Tribal Studies

All events are FREE and open to the public


 

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Wes Studi (Cherokee)
From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype.

Drawing from his rich life experience, Wes moved audiences with unforgettable performances in “Dances with Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Geronimo: An American Legend,” and “Heat,” as well as James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Paul Weitz’s “Being Flynn.” Breaking new ground, he brought fully-developed Native American characters to the screen, and then took his craft a step further highlighting the success of Native Americans in non-traditional roles.

www.wesleystudi.com

Dr. Yvonne Bushyhead (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)
Yvonne Bushyhead is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokees. She lives in Western North Carolina on the Qualla Boundary where she was born and grew up. Her family comes from the Big Cove Community where she was born into a family with six brothers and four sisters. Yvonne graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Social Work and gained a master’s degree in Education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. Later she earned a Juris Doctorate from the District of Columbia School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Senator Anastasia Pittman (Seminole)

Namaka Rawlins (Hawaiian)
Liaison, ‘Aha Punana Leo / UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language, Hilo, Hawaii


 

VENDOR INFO


All symposium activities at the University Center will end at 4pm Friday and move two blocks north to the Event Center for the Powwow.

Institutional/Information Display Booth

You will be provided one 6' table (no cover), two chairs, and electrical outlets are available upon request in advance. Booth location is assigned in the order application form is recieved. Vendors must abide by all policies set forth at NSU. Please download and complete the form and return to the Center for Tribal Studies by mail or fax.

Cost:
One table at $100 (6' x 6')
Two tables at $175 (6' x 12')
Cost is the same for one or all four days.

PDFicon (Download Institutional/Information booth form)

Traditional Arts and Crafts Booth (Sale of Merchandise)

You will be provided one 6' table (no cover), two chairs, and electrical outlets are available upon request in advance. Booth location is assigned in the order application form is recieved. Vendors must abide by all policies set forth at NSU. Please download and complete the form and return to the Center for Tribal Studies by mail or fax.

Cost:
One table at $50 (6' x 6')
Two tables at $100 (6' x 12')
Cost is the same for one or all four days.

Due to University policy, food vendors are NOT ALLOWED to set-up a booth in the University Center

PDFicon (Download Traditional Arts Booth form)


Mailing Address:

Center for Tribal Studies
600 North Grand Avenue
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Fax: 918.458.2073

Vendors Schedule:
Traditional Art and Institutional Vendors daily 9-4 W-F; Saturday 1-11 pm

 


 

LODGING INFO

 

Comfort Inn

101 Reasor St.
Tahlequah, OK 74464
(918) 431-0600

Quality Inn
3296 S Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464-5406
(918) 458-1818

 


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