The celebration will begin with a tipi raising at 10 a.m. followed by a blessing. The Pacific Islander students will perform a haka, a traditional Maori dance, at 11:15 a.m.
Wayne Fox, a hoop dancer and a member of the Hidatsa/Arikara tribe from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, will perform on the MSU Centennial Mall at 11:20 a.m. Fox, who dances with as many as 28 hoops, has performed across the country and the globe including Germany, Ireland, Japan, Costa Rica and South Africa.
Fox is the elementary school principal at Cannon Ball Elementary on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota as well as a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership Program at MSU. He lives in Mandan, N.D. with his wife, who is a third grade teacher, and their children.
Supaman, a Native hip hop artist, will also perform at 12:40 p.m. A member of the Crow Tribe, Christian Takes Gun Parrish makes his home on the Crow Reservation. He has dedicated his life to empowering Indigenous youth with a message of hope through his music. Known for his inspirational lyrics, he is in demand nationally and has won a Native American Music Award for his group "Rezawrecktion" and has released three self-produced projects which have all received national recognition and awards. Parrish is also a champion fancy dancer and a leader among Crows of his generation.
The Native American Heritage Day celebration will also include dance demonstrations from MSU students and community members at 1:20 p.m. and other activities.
There will be free screenings of Native American-themed films from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building.
All Native American Heritage Day events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Jim Burns at 994-4880 or Jioanna Carjuzaa at 994-4941.
The MSU celebration of Native American Heritage Day is sponsored by the Office of the President, the MSU American Indian Council, the Department of Native American Studies, the Diversity Awareness Office and ASMSU Entertainment.
For a complete schedule, go to: http://www.montana.edu/diversity/heritage2009.html
Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-5807, email@example.com