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PSRC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month with Programming/Lectures

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH SERIES - https://www.princetonsenior.org/


Thursdays, November 2, 9, & 16, 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $10 each/$25 for the series

This November, PSRC will commemorate Native American Heritage Month. We will pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans in Alaska, Virginia, and Arizona.


Tuesday, November 2

Pocahontas Project, Richmond VA

The Pocahontas Project’s basic mission is to use the power of the life, legend, and legacy of the woman born Matoaka, died Rebecca, and most famously known as Pocahontas to inspire hope and purposeful action in a growing number of people around the world, collectively working towards a peaceful and sustainable future for all mankind. This presentation will touch on a summary of the history of Native Americans in Virginia, from thousands of years before the time of Powhatan and Pocahontas, through present day and will highlight the positive power of cross-cultural understanding, a characteristic exemplified by Pocahontas.


Tuesday, November 9

Qissunamiut Tribe , Alaska

Michelle (Macuar) Sparck is a member of the Qissunamiut Tribe of Chevak, Alaska. Michelle is a career veteran in the political and Tribal nonprofit world. She bridges the two worlds in pursuit of a more perfect union, striving to help fulfill the promise of statehood for Alaska, and the benefits of citizenship of Indian Country as a part of the U.S. Michelle has worked in the U.S. Senate, in Congress, in the Alaskan Capitol, and for various Tribal entities in policy and business ventures. Michelle is herself an entrepreneur, and with her triplet sisters, owns and operates ArXotica, a bath and beauty company who source their own materials in their homeland of Western Alaska.


November 16

Heard Museum, Phoenix Arizona

Contemporary Happenings in American Indian Culture and Art

With twenty-three years of experience, Marcus Monenerkit is still energized about the universal constructive possibilities for American Indian Art. Beginning in 1996 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, Monenerkit has continually made efforts to create more awareness and recognition related to the purposefulness of art and culture in American Indian communities. As current director of community engagement at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, his main focus is producing cultural art workshops in regional Indian communities, documenting the process where permissible, and sharing with the broader American public through special films and lectures.


Monenerkit has a firm belief that art works for the greater public benefit. It creates expressive patterns of understanding between individuals, communities, and beyond. He believes art is essential to our essence, and works as a vital link in a tripartite model for human development, providing lessons for increasing the capacity of human, social, and economic capital.



Wednesdays, November 17 & 24 at noon

Fee: $10 each/$15 for both

Join PSRC for two programs that revisit the origins of Thanksgiving, providing new perspectives on a shared tradition.


Wednesday, November 17

Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts

Another Crossing is in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing and its significance to American and world history. This exhibition brings together artists from the United States and Europe for a global, cross-cultural effort that examines a pivotal event in world history. Guest curator Glenn Adamson selected ten artists to participate in the project with the charge that only 17th century technology and processes be used in the creation of the objects. This exhibition was developed in partnership with Fuller Craft Museum, Plymouth College of Art, and The Box (both in Plymouth, England).


Wednesday, November 24

Fact or Fiction? Investigating the First Thanksgiving

Plimoth Patuxet Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Four hundred years ago, the winds of change filled Mayflower’s sails and brought her passengers here to the Indigenous homeland on the shores of Patuxet. Two cultures met and their complex, interwoven history shaped the United States.

Discover the real history of Thanksgiving and long-held traditions of gratitude in Indigenous and colonial America. What really happened at the First Thanksgiving? Who was at the table and why? Explore the history behind the legend by comparing accounts of the harvest feast and examining colonial and Indigenous artifacts.

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