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 SRU to Mark Indigenous Cultures Week with Visit by Calvin Standing Bear 

 

SPOTLIGHT

10/10/2005

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

SRU TO MARK INDIGENOUS CULTURES WEEK WITH VISIT BY CALVIN STANDING BEAR

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  “Dia De La Raza,” translated as “Indigenous Cultures Week” will be celebrated today through Thursday [Oct. 10-13] at Slippery Rock University, including a musical performance by Calvin Standing Bear, a full-blooded Oglala/Sicangu Lakota from the Rosebud reservation of South Dakota.

     Standing Bear will offer “The Native American Flute” as a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Swope Recital Hall. Earlier in the day he will meet for noon luncheon with students, faculty and staff in the Pennsylvania Room of North Hall.

      The talented flutist, guitarist and composer of Lakota flute songs, will include traditional Lakota music, including traditional and spiritual Lakota songs, as part of the evening concert.

      Standing Bear is a member of the Sonoran Spirit Flute Circle. His mother is a talented artist and has created many crafts which embody the essence of native influence. She is also fluent in her native language. A grandfather is an author of numerous books regarding native life.

      The week opens today with a 7:30 p.m. reception and showing of excerpts from the film “Black Indians: An American Story,” narrated by James Earl Jones, offered in Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium. A discussion will be held by Dr. Vernice Cain, associate professor of English.

      Thursday’s event is a 12:30 p.m. roundtable discussion of indigenous cultures in the Americas, including Standing Bear, Dr. Esther Skirboll, professor of sociology, anthropology and social work, Dr. Rachela Permenter, professor of English, and Dr. I.T. Meztli, assistant professor of English. The session will be held in Room 205 of the University Union.

      The project is being led by the SRU chapter of the Commonwealth Association of Students.

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