Student Life

Native American/Indigenous Peoples Month

2021 Events

Nov. 5, 5 – 9 p.m.
Native Art Exhibit Opening
Red, 358 Dwight St., Holyoke
Join community members and artists in celebration of native artists and indigenous cultural influence, including their contributions to the ongoing fight for recognition, support, and justice for native communities.

Nov. 16, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
The History of Violence Against Indigenous Women & the MMIWG2S+ Movement
In this session, Aminah Ghaffar presents the origins of violence against Indigenous people beginning with the Doctrine of Discovery.

Nov. 17, 10 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Anthony Melting Tallow
KC 301 & Zoom
An enrolled member of the Siksikaitsitapi Blackfoot Nation, Anthony Melting Tallow is a visual artist, public speaker, Indigenous social justice advocate, and land and water defender. He will be talking about what life is like as a two-sprit Native. (Attend in person, and you could win a pair of Airpods! Register here.)

Nov. 17, 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
HCC Mini Powwow
KC 301 & Zoom
Join us for a mini powwow featuring drummers and dancers, beginning with a land acknowledgment at 10:45 a.m. (Attend in person, and you could win a pair of Airpods! Register here.)

Nov. 23, 12 noon
Guest Speaker: Smudging
Our guest speaker Rock Paint will go over what smudging is, how it is done, and what it is used for, and provide a demonstration of the smudge bowl and the herbs utilized.

Nov. 30, 3 – 4 p.m.
Sacred Mirrors: The Art of Indigenous Resistance
Join Massasoit Community College for a conversation between Chicano/Huasteca artist Tomas Alejo and Wampanoag artist Hartman Deetz about the activism represented in their work through photography, textiles, and storytelling.