Taylor Antwine

On Nov. 16, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will host an event celebrating Native American Heritage Month.

“The purpose of the Native American Heritage event is to bring awareness of the culture, history and contribution of Native Americans, as well as to showcase their artistic talent,” Dr. Griselda Flores, assistant director of multicultural affairs, said. “November is Native American Heritage Month, [and] the OMA simply wanted to recognize the beautiful culture and heritage of Native Americans.”

According to nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov, some states have chosen Columbus Day as Native American Day but without any recognition as a national legal holiday. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November as “National American Indian Heritage Month.”

Flores said the purpose of celebrating Native American Heritage month is “to honor and recognize Native Americans’ history, culture and contribution to their country and to educate the SFA and Nacogdoches community about this wonderful and significant group of people. After all, this is the least we could do.”

This free event is featuring the Sampson Brothers, a Native American performance group that, according to their website, “strive[s] to promote cultural pride, unity, and hope through setting a positive example through art, education and dance.” The Sampson Brothers will have two performances. One will take place in the BPSC plaza from 11 a.m.-noon, and the other will take place from 6-7 p.m. in the BPSC theater.

“They hope to give back to their tribe and the indigenous community as a whole by breaking stereotypes and thus creating opportunities for generations to come,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

“They aim to not only be successful artists, but also use that success to educate and keep their culture alive. With perseverance in education and tradition, they bridge two worlds to provide positive inspiration as 21st century warriors,” the page says.

“They incorporate education within their performance and to educate the community,” Veronica Weaver, director of multicultural affairs, said.

Students are welcome to attend and learn about the Native American culture and join OMA in respecting the culture of these groups of people aside from the stereotypes people might have heard about them.

“We love to dance and share our story,” Lumhe Sampson of the Sampson Brothers said.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to present in the contemporary setting and entertain/enlighten simultaneously.” 

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