November is Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. and was established in 1990. Elon’s Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education hosts events throughout the month including a kickoff, artist showcase and beading workshop. Elon University, which is situated on land originally occupied by the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi nation, is beginning a process to revitalize the tribe’s heritage language: Yesa:sahį. The language revitalization is the university’s 14th institutional priority for the 2023-24 school year. Randy Williams, vice president for inclusive excellence, said the university is partnering with the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation to revitalize the tribe’s heritage language.
Inventive Minds: Indigenous Artist Showcase
6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 | CREDE
Art gallery featuring Native American art pieces and sceneries.
Native Beading Workshop
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 | CREDE
Tribal Administrator for the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation and Native American artist Vickie Jeffries will craft native beads. Snacks, drinks and materials will be provided.
Screening of Kuessipan
4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 | McEwen 013
The French Club and Native American Student Association host screening of “Kuessipan” and engage in thoughtful discussion.