JANUARY 20, 2010


38th Symposium on the American Indian Taking Shape at NSU

Photo of an American Indian.
Colorful pow wow dancing is just one of many activities on tap during Northeastern State University's 38th Annual Symposium on the American Indian, April 14-17.

Plans continue to solidify for the 38th Annual Symposium on the American Indian, organized by the Center for Tribal Studies, at Northeastern State University.

Preliminary symposium activities begin April 12 with the full schedule running April 14 through 17. This year's theme is Oklahoma Fancy Dance.

We want to feature the creative and innovative initiatives that Oklahoma Tribes are involved in, said Dr. Phyllis Fife, director for the Center. Weve invited presenters from an array of different tribal groups.

Scheduled speakers include Dr. Henryetta Mann, President of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, and Vanessa Jennings, Kiowa artist and traditionalist. Jennings is the granddaughter of the late Stephen Mopope, one of the Kiowa Five painters whose mural decorates Seminary Hall.

Dr. Fife specifically mentioned the involvement of the Oklahoma Native Language Association, where we discuss ways of approaching American Indian language revitalization. The lead faculty of the two-day language seminar is Dr. Akira Yamamoto, anthropologist, linguist and Professor Emeritus from the University of Kansas.