Native American Programs at Salisbury University
Office of Cultural Affairs
Salisbury University's Native American Consultant (our very own CEO) Dawn Manyfeathers is proud
to announce the following programs were presented last year with our input and help:
Grand Opening Celebration
Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indians
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the U.S. Capital building on the National Mall, the museum's location
symbolizes a deeper understanding and reconciliation between America's first citizens and those who have come to make these
shores their home. The opening of MMAI on the National Mall marks an unprecedented cultural achievement as Native Americans
from North, Central, and South America realize a long-awaited dream to share and honor their vibrant cultures with visitors
from throughout the world.
Dawn Manyfeathers and members of her family will be in the Parade of Nations with their Nanticoke-Lenni
Lenape relatives. Then return to the SU bus group to deal with questions and comments.
Joanne Shennandoah and Mary Youngblood
Friday, September 24, 2004 7pm
"SHENANDOAH has become the most critically acclamed Native American Singer of her time" - Associated Press
"...the Native American music scene is brimming with skilled, adventurous artists, such as Robbie Robertson,
Bill Miller, Rita Coolidge,...and, arguably the best of all, the remarkable Joanne Shenandoah." - USA Today
Shenandoah is a multiple award winning Native American composer, vocalist and performer.
She is a Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy - Oneida Nation. Her original compositions, combined with a striking
voice, enables her to embellish the ancient songs of the Iroquois using a blend of traditional and contemporary instrumentation.
Ms. Shenandoah's music reflects the indigenous philosophy and culture which continues to have a profound effect on the world
today. From traditional chants to contemporary ballads about Native Ways, her music has been described as an emotional
experience, a "Native American Trance."
"There's something about the sound of a Native American flute that can be absolutely enchanting and in the
hands of a master like Mary Youngblood, the sound ably soothes tired bodies and souls." - Billboard Magazine Review
"I am simply a vessel between Creator and this sacred instrument, the Native American Flute. Listen
with an open heart and you will hear wispers of the Ancient Ones. May their timeless voices soothe your soul." - Mary
Often touted as the first Native American woman to professional record the Native flute, Youngblood
was the first woman to win "Flutist of the Year" at the Native American Music Awards ("Nammys") in both 1999 and 2000.
She also won the "Best Female Artist" award at the Nammys in 2000. Her previous release "Heart of the World" won the
highly regarded INDIE award for "Best Native American Recording" in 2000 from The Association for Independent Music.
Epic Documentary Film Screening
Monday 8 pm September 27-November 15,2004
Mother Earth Beat
Women's Native American Powwow Drum
Local Cherokee Dancers, John and Treajen Moore will participate.
October 1, 2004 7-10pm
Red Square (Rain location: Holloway Hall Auditorium)
The deep, earth beat of the drum is at the heart of all music; but in the music of the Native
American it is the earth's spirit personified. The resounding rhythm provides the connection between man and nature
and nature's god. The drum to most natives is central to the community or ceremony. It is considered by many to
be the heartbeat of the Earth.
Mother Earth Beat... is a Women's Native American Pow Wow drum that was formed in October 1997.
Mother Earth Beat is based in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of West Viginia. Mother Earth Beat realizes that Women's
Drums are not traditional and don't claim to be traditional. They do, however, strive to keep the traditions alive in
their hearts, and to honor their ancestors with their songs. They feel that now, with the new Millenium, our Mother
Earth is in dire need of healing, and that is part of the message they hope to bring to the People, as they sing. Also,
as an Eastern Woodlands Drum, part of their mission is to keep alive, and teach, the songs of the Eastern Peoples. Many
of the Drum members are also members of the Appalacian American Indians of West Virginia. The evening will feature local
Simon Ortiz - Poetry Reading
October 8, 2004 7 pm
Holloway Hall Auditorium
"Making Language familiar and accessible to others, bringing it within their grasp and comprehension,
is what a writer, teacher, and storyteller does or tries to do. I've been trying for over thirty years."-Simon Ortiz.
A native of Acoma Pueblo, Simon Ortiz writes poetry and prose that is at once honest and unfettered, and yet
challenging. Using the simplist of languages, Ortiz evokes the most complex of feelings, and often a longing for the
experiences about which he writes. In much of his work he maintains a simple tone that belies the adversity of his life.
What Ortiz writes is important because he is teaching the art of experience, and doing it through language. Not suprisingly,
he believes language is an important vehicle for finding and knowing who we are and professes a strong belief in the power
of the oral traditions of his people. Although his words often seem innocent, the observations he makes could only come
from one who has known the harshness of reality. That he manages such a firm belief in the power of experience and spirituality
in the face of difficulty, is something well worth learning, a lesson that Ortiz, as well as Native Americans have to teach.
His awards include the National Endowment for the Arts, Lila Wallace-Readers Digest, a Lannan Foundation writing residency,
a Returning the Gift Lifetime Achievement Award, and the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in Art.
This event is sponsored by Fulton School of Liberal Arts, S.U. University Center and the Office
of Cultural Affairs and Museum Programs.
Red Crooked Sky
Oct. 21, 2004 7 pm
Holloway Hall Auditorium
This American Indian Dance Troupe based out of Southeastern Virginia represents an array of tribes
from the East and West coasts respectively. They have Cherokee, Lakota, Pamunkey, Seneca, Osage, and Meherrin members,
to name a few. In additions to their tribal diversity, the group members display a variety of American Indian dances
which include: Men's and Women's Traditional, Fancy Shawl, Jingle, and Men's Grass. They also do a variety of
social (public) dances: the Round (friendship) and the Rabbit (2 step or couples) dances.
This event is sponsored by Salisbury University Dance Company, Office of Multiethnic Student
Services and the Office of Cultural Affairs and Museum Programs.
Paiter Eli Thomas
November 8 - 30, 2004
Late 19th Century Native American Photo History: Tracing the Provenance
Entertainment: Native American Musician Ron Warren
November 17, 2004
R. Carlos Nakai Residency
The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet: R. Carlos Nakai, Mary Redhouse, Will Clipman, and Amo Chip
concert: November 18, 2004 7 pm
Musical Journeys Across the American Landscape
October 20, 2004 7 pm
Md Commissioner of Indian Affairs Gina Hamlin and Living Historian Guy Wells
November 10, 2004 7 pm
"Wild Edible Plants"
Dec. 1, 2004 7 pm
Former Chief Charles O. Tillman, Jr. of the Osage Nation
(Most of the above "copy" was provided by the Salisbury University PR Department)
(will fill in soon)