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Indigenous Heritage Month



Indigenous Heritage Month

Indigenous Heritage Month Kickoff Event

Tuesday, November 2nd 12-2pm

KSC Courtyard & Amphitheater

Noon - 1pm: Indigenous Enterprise to perform in KSC courtyard

1-2pm Dustin Lopez Water is Life keynote address at the Amphitheater.

Fry bread served throughout the event.

Indigenous Enterprise Performance - Recording Available

Water is Life Keynote - Recording Available

Indigenous Heritage Month

Creating Culturally Safe Spaces for American Indian Students

Led by Turquoise Skye Devereaux

Friday, November 5th 12-2pm (virtual event)

A timeline of history from an Indigenous perspective focusing on how historical events still impact American Indian Communities today and access to education. The presentation includes tangible skills and the importance of utilizing decolonizing approaches to alleviate barriers and support healing of historical/intergenerational trauma from a holistic approach.

Participants will learn what it means to practice cultural safety by validated Indigenous worldview, experiences and knowledge. There will be handouts provided to participants as well as a time for reflection throughout and debrief/questions afterwards.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 834 5704 2946

Passcode: 08862

Indigenous Heritage Month

Navajo Nation & the Coronavirus - Recording From November 23, 2020

Webex meeting recording: Navajo Nation & the Coronavirus - Documentary & Discussion

Password: DjhmAQp2

Recording link:

Indigenous Heritage Month

For the Love of Turquoise

Carrie Cannon
Turquoise has a long-standing tradition amongst Native cultures of the Southwest, holding special significance and profound meanings to specific individual tribes.

11/15/21 @ 10:30a-11:45a

Location: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 942 2407 5687

Passcode: 350990

Indigenous Heritage Month

Apache History & Culture Through the Art of Terrill Goseyun (He/Him)

Thursday, November 18th 10:30-11:45am (KSC 1000A & WebEx Link)

Apache history and culture depicted through the drawings of everyday lives of the Apache people. Images are referenced in detail sharing the lifestyles of a hunter and gatherer society. 

Bio Linked Here

Recording Available: Apache History & Culture Through the Art of Terrill Goseyun (He/Him)-20211118 1740-1
Password: Hh3tJyHD
Recording link


Indigenous Heritage Month

Mescal Agave Use in AZ: Food, Fiber, & Vessel

 This talk includes the life history of mescal, and the multitude of Tribal uses of this intriguing plant and their long relationship with this plant from centuries ago to the modern era.

11/17/21 @ 9:00a-10:15a

Location: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 292 537 0545
Passcode: 780029

Hispanic Heritage Month

Native American Signs and Symbols: Pee-Posh/Kwatsan

Native Americans in the U.S. are diverse, and their contributions have enriched our lives in countless ways. People do not always realize the origins of Native contributions to the language, culture, and traditions of the U.S. What are Native signs and symbols? What do they mean? Where do they appear?

11/18/21 @ 9:30-10:30

Location: Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 567-318-3757 PIN: ‪218 829 953#

11/18/21 @ 2:30-3:30

Location: Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 470-310-1076 PIN: ‪362 467 428#

Updated Land Acknowledgement

Prior to events: Paradise Valley Community College is located on the traditional lands of the Akimel O'odham (Pima), Piipaash (Maricopa), and Hohokam peoples. There are 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona and 574 across the United States. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we gather. Without them, we would not have access to our education or the land we live, work, learn and commune on. We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land. We offer our respect to their Elders and to all Indigenous people of the past, present and future.

Signature acknowledgement: Paradise Valley Community College is located on the traditional lands of the Akimel O'odham (Pima), Piipaash (Maricopa), and Hohokam peoples. (To learn more about Native Lands explore this app or link)

St. Katerite Kakwitha
Simon J. Ortiz
Shaandin Parrish
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Indigenous Heritage Month
Native Businesses Showcase:

Emerson Fry Bread Food Truck:

Indigenous Enterprise -

Native Art Market -

H.E.R. Medicine -

Nizhoni Soaps -

Ah-Shi Beauty - (Not in Phoenix, but on Navajo Nation)

Indigenous Owned Restaurants:

Indigenous Vision - a community-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona and Missoula, Montana with a mission to revitalize Indigenous communities – culture, people, and land – by providing educational resources through quality programs that promote well-being. All proceeds from cultural humility training are used to implement IV’s core community projects that advocate for environmental and social justice.


Chris Hawk and Desiree Torivio Hawk are in Keams Canyon, AZ, however, their vision and work merits recognition and engagement. Chris Hawk (2015 PVCC Grad) and Desiree Torivio Hawk (2016 PVCC Grad - AS Public Administration) - PVCC Alumni (


Kenneth Shirley
John Herrington
James Jones
Ethel Branch
Indigenous Heritage Month

Artist: Howling Wolf

Musicians (group): Pamyua 

Author: Marcie R. Rendon 

Film: Smoke Signals Book: House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday 

TV Shows: Virgil White on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager.

Joy Harjo, her memoir "Poet Warrior" will be released in early September. She is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, and the 23rd Poet Lau­re­ate of the Unit­ed States. There is a great interview with her here.

Layli Long Soldier, who is a writer and citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Krista Tippett did a terrific interview with her here.

Louise Erdrich: author and member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel The Night Watchman.

Kenneth Shirley -

Jacob Shije -

Native Guitar Tour -

Douglas Miles Jr. -

Andrew Joseph Stevens III -

Fawn Wood -

Roanna Shebala -

Author: Vine Deloria Jr: Custer Died for Your Sins, Athlete: Jim Thorpe

The Only Good Indians on NPR.

Chief Seattle - Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.

Deb Haaland
Chief Si Ahl
Ahsaki Chachere
Additional Resources


PVCC LibGuide: Native American Indian & Alaskan Heritage -