Native American Heritage Month Events
Presented as a co-curricular option for International Education Week
Date: November 14, 2023
Guest speakers Ms. Victoria Terrazas and Professor Jewell Medina Mendariz will demonstrate how common desert plants in the Sonoran desert are used in health and healing.
The Yaqui, are Native American people of Arizona, or Indigenous people of Sonora, Mexico. Their language is Uto-Aztecan. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe, from Tucson, Arizona, is the only federally recognized Yaqui tribe in the US.
Native American Stars, Legends, Lore, and Names
Presented as a collaboration with the PVCC Intercultural Center and the Science Dept.
Date: November 17, 2023
Location: PVCC at Black Mountain - 34250 N 60th Street, Scottsdale, AZ
Guest speakers Native American and Indigenous speakers will share Astronomy Stories through the lens of Native Americans.
Followed by the opportunity to STAR Gaze through telescopes.
Free Stew and Fry Bread
Provided by Emerson Fry Bread Truck
A New Times Longest Greats!
Indigenous Enterprise (Indigenous Dance Troupe)
Presented yearly by PVCC Student Life and Leadership
Date: November 28, 2023
Location: PVCC Cordova Plaza
Indigenous Enterprise is an Indigenous dance troupe comprised of eight traditional powwow dancers.
This dance troupe has toured the world to share the beauty of their culture with others. “The mission of Indigenous Enterprise is to represent and showcase what real Indigenous people look like—not the Hollywood negative stereotypes.”
Updated Land Acknowledgement
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.
Native American Businesses Showcase:
Emerson Fry Bread Food Truck:
Indigenous Enterprise - https://store.indigenousenterprise.com/
Native Art Market - http://www.nativeartmarket.org/
H.E.R. Medicine - https://www.instagram.com/h.e.r.medicine/?hl=en
Nizhoni Soaps - https://www.nizhonisoaps.com/
Ah-Shi Beauty - https://www.ahshibeauty.com/about (Not in Phoenix, but on Navajo Nation)
Indigenous Owned Restaurants: https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/dining/2020/10/12/indigen… https://rezrising.org/
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. https://www.indigenousvision.org/
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 (https://www.nhonews.com/news/2018/aug/07/studio-13-seven-bringing-liber…
American Indian Artists And Performers
Artist: Howling Wolf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howling_Wolf_(Cheyenne)
Musicians (group): Pamyua http://www.pamyua.com/
Author: Marcie R. Rendon https://www.marcierendon.com/
Film: Smoke Signals Book: House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Made_of_Dawn
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. https://www.npr.org/2020/03/04/812085201/louise-erdrich-on-her-personal…
Kenneth Shirley - https://patch.com/arizona/phoenix/phoenix-native-american-dance-group-f…
Jacob Shije - https://www.facebook.com/jacobshijemusic/
Native Guitar Tour - https://www.nativeguitarstour.com/about
Douglas Miles Jr. - https://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/2021/07/22/doug-miles-jr…
Andrew Joseph Stevens III - https://www.facebook.com/drivesthecommonman
Author: Vine Deloria Jr: Custer Died for Your Sins, Athlete: Jim Thorpe
The Only Good Indians on NPR. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52180399-the-only-good-indians
Chief Seattle - Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.
PVCC LibGuide: Native American Indian & Alaskan Heritage - https://paradisevalley.libguides.com/Native_American
In Case You Missed It
Indigenous Enterprise Performance - November 2, 2021 - Recording Available
Water is Life Keynote - November 2, 2021 - Recording Available
Apache History & Culture Through the Art of Terrill Goseyun (He/Him) - November 18, 2021 Recording link Password: Hh3tJyHD
Navajo Nation & the Coronavirus - Documentary & Discussion - Monday, November 23, 2020 Play recording (1 hr 1 mins) Recording password: DjhmAQp