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Celebrating Our Native American Heritage

Each year, the HWS community takes part in a traditional campus event known as HWS Day. The purpose of this event is to “look at a contemporary issue from the points of view of various disciplines.” On Feb. 25 and 26, the sixth annual HWS Day, titled “Celebrating Our Native American Heritage,” will take place with various activities planned around that theme.

“The objective of HWS Day is to bring consciousness to Native American Heritage and all of the contemporary and historical issues that surround this topic,” said Mary Hess, Instructor of English. “It is important to understand that we coexist with that history and will certainly benefit from this remarkable opportunity.”

The festivities will commence on Monday, Feb. 25 with a visit from Seneca filmmaker Terry Jones, whose current project “Casino Nation,” will air on PBS in August. The film documents the Seneca Nation of Indians and the struggles endured when the casino industry suddenly impacts this sovereign nation. Jones will present “Through the Eyes of Clint” and “What the Hell is Corn Soup, Anyway,” two of his short films, to the HWS community. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the event will continue with a Native Literature and Cultural Expression symposium at 4:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room. The four panelists participating in the symposium include poet, musician and activist Joy Harjo, a Muscocee from the Creek nation of Oklahoma, author Susan Power, a Lakota from the Standing Rock Sioux, author Penelope Kelsey, a Seneca descended from Sioux Chief Mato Nupa, and Scott Stevens, a Mohawk who is an assistant professor at State University at Buffalo.

The event will conclude with a performance by Susan Power and Joy Harjo, two remarkable performers and writers. The presentation will take place at 8 p.m. in Albright Auditorium.

HWS Day is sponsored by the Media and Society Department, the Department of Religious Studies, the Fisher Center, the American Studies Program, the English Department, Seneca Review, Intercultural Affairs, and the Office of the Provost.