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Symposium of the American Indian
Apr 08, 2019 to Apr 13, 2019
600 N Grand Ave
The annual Symposium on the American Indian is a mix of scholarly and cultural presentations that are open to the public free of charge. This celebration of American Indian culture and more than 100 years of higher education at NSU features workshops on Native American traditions, short films and an ongoing film series.
This year's theme, "Celebrating Indigenous Women," will honor both modern and legendary matriarchs, focusing on women who have contributed to the success and growth of our Indigenous communities and families. While not all tribes are defined as matrilineal or matriarchal, the contributions of women is ever-present in indigenous families and communities. Indigenous women serve as guides, teachers, caregivers, strategists, counselors and cultural preservationists. Not only do they serve as leaders within their families, but also in their communities, tribes, and professions.
Stop by this symposium and spend the day browsing through traditional art vendor booths and enjoying a variety of speakers, live performances, stickball exhibitions and a variety of American Indian games. Presentations will tell the stories of our past and present women leaders who have made significant contributions, from the most well-known and celebrated to those who are just beginning to be recognized.
This event concludes with the NSU powwow, featuring traditional tribal dance such as gourd dancing, all performed to the electrifying beat of drums. Above all, this symposium brings renowned scholars and tribal traditionalists together in a university venue to educate and offer discourse in sovereignty, scholarship, creative works, tribal issues and cultural diversity.