The rich traditions and culture of Native Americans is celebrated on the SSU campus during the month of November in observance of Native American Heritage Month. All events are free and tickets can be picked up at the Student Union.
An Evening of Native American Storytelling, Music, Spiritual Knowledge and Laughter with Robert Greygrass , 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, Warren Auditorium, Ives 101: Robert Greygrass offers a lighthearted, poignant and inspiring session of stories, song, and spiritual insight from the Lakota and other tribes, including hysterical personal narratives from his lower-middle-class-average-mix-blood-non-specific-multi-ethnic life. His northern traditional singing and cedar flute music stirs and guides everyone a little further on life's journey. Free.
John Trudell, 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, The Commons: John Trudell, the "last true chairman" of the American Indian Movement, is an acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor and activist whose international following reflects the universal language of his words, work and message. In addition to his dozen recordings, Trudell has published three books of poetry, including his latest, a collection of all his works entitled Lines from a Mined Mind:The Words of John Trudell.
Free Pizza Comedy with Marc Yaffee: Thursday, Nov. 10: 8 p.m. The Pub, Student Union: One of the few touring Native American comedians, Marc Yaffee is a co-star of Pow Wow Comedy Jam, currently featured on the Showtime special, Goin Native: American Indian Comedy Slam. A former writer for George Carlin's Laugh.com, Yaffee has been seen on Comics Unleashed, been heard on the Bob & Tom Show and toured five times overseas entertaining U.S. troops. A gifted writer and performer, Yaffee delivers original but relatable comedy, inspired by his multi-cultural upbringing and Navajo roots.
"Follow Me Home" film and discussion: Wednesday, Nov. 16: 7 p.m., Ives 101: Weaving together traditions of Native, African and Latin cultures, the film tells the story of four artists and their journey across the American landscape. Together they encounter racism, sexism, internal conflicts, and finally redemption as they discover their common humanity and their internal ability to conquer the societal ills that effect them all. Starring Benjamin Bratt and Alfre Woodard "Follow Me Home," is a defiant, humorous, poetic tale exploring race and identity. A post screening discussion will be facilitated by Lakota Harden (Minnecoujou/YanktonLakota and HoChunk), an orator, activist, community organizer, workshop facilitator, radio host and poet. She has dedicated her life, as a daughter of seven generations of Lakota leaders, to liberation and justice.