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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
561-297-3022, lfreed@fau.edu


FAU Celebrates Native American Indian Heritage Month


        BOCA RATON, FL (October 30, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University will host its celebration of Native American Indian Heritage Month with a series of events taking place at FAU’s Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter campuses. 

            Native American Indian Heritage Month is sponsored by FAU’s Division of Student Affairs and co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the South Florida Storytelling Project, Student Government BSUMP and Dr. Enid Conley, an FAU alumna.

            The following events will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus:


Opening Ceremony Festivities
Wednesday, November 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Traditions Plaza, Breezeway

Contact: Rozalia Williams at 561-297-3959

The opening ceremony festivities will include remarks by Roberto Borrero, tribal chairman of the United Confederation of Taino People and senior program coordinator for the American Museum of Natural History. Borrero will discuss “Mother Earth and the Importance of Sustainable Living” in cooperation with FAU’s GreenFest 2009 event. Native American Indians from tribes throughout Florida also will share their dancing rituals, including northern traditional, fancy, jingle, grass, southern buckskin and round dance in full regalia.

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Storyteller Lynn Moroney, Citizen of the Chickasaw Nation

Wednesday, November 4 at 12:15 p.m.  
Traditions Plaza, Breezeway

Contact:  Caren Neile at 561-297-3959

Storyteller Lynn Moroney is a daughter of the prairie whose ancestry and pioneer roots are deeply woven into her stories. As a child growing up in Oklahoma, she would gaze in wonder at the stars and constellations that would cascade across the evening sky. Moroney has captured those wonders and wrapped them with folk tales and myths from all cultures. She will share her tales with sky myths and stories of indigenous peoples during this presentation.
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Lecture by Zonnie Gorman, Historian and Daughter of an Original Navajo Code Talker of World War II

Thursday, November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center, Room 103

Contact:  Kerri-Ann Nesbeth at 561-297-4037

Zonnie Gorman, the daughter of the late Dr. Carl Gorman, one of the original Navajo Code Talkers, will tell her story about her father, who devised the initial code and won a Congressional Gold Medal in 2001. Marine Navajo Code Talkers played a vital role in the Pacific campaigns during World War II.  The Navajo code was the only one never broken by the Japanese and is considered to have been key in winning the war. 

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Movie Screening of “Windtalkers,” Starring Nicolas Cage and Adam Beach

Thursday, November 12, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Student Union’s Senate Chambers 

Contact: Kerri-Ann Nesbeth at 561-297-4037

In “Windtalkers,” a 2002 movie directed by John Woo, marine Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage) is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach), a Navajo Code Talker, as well as the Marines’ new secret weapon. Enders receives orders to protect his code talker, but if Yahzee should fall into enemy hands, he is to “protect the code at all costs.” Against the backdrop of the horrific Battle of Saipan, when capture is imminent, Enders is forced to make a decision: if he can’t protect his fellow Marine, can he bring himself to kill him to protect the code?

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Native American Museum Exhibit: “Trail of Tears, the Journey of Survival and Success”

Wednesday, November 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Union lobby

Contact: Dr. Rozalia Williams at 561-297-3959

“Trail of Tears, the Journey of Survival and Success” maps the rich cultural journey of America’s first people. The traveling exhibit brings to life several important events and historical accounts which contextualize the Native American experience.

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Native American Pride Dancers

Wednesday, November 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Room TBA

Contact: Kerri-Ann Nesbeth at 561-297-4037

The Native Pride Dancers strive to educate and entertain audiences of all ages on the beauty, skill and majesty of American Indian music and dance. The performance is directed by Larry Yazzie.

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Celebrating Algonquin Heritage

Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

Algonquin Hall Lounge

Contact: Juan Rocha at 561-297-5200

FAU’s department of housing and residential life will host a program with its Algonquin Hall and Heritage Park Tower staff on the Algonquin Indian heritage. 

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The following event will take place at FAU’s Davie campus:


Native American Indian Heritage Display
Sunday, November 1 through Monday, November 30

Student Union

Contact:  Freddie Frage at 954-236-1257

            An exhibit encompassing all aspects of Native American Indian heritage, including topics such as history, culture and tradition, will be on display for the entire month of November.

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  The following event will take place at FAU’s Jupiter campus:


Storyteller Lynn Moroney, Citizen of the Chickasaw Nation
Wednesday, November 4

Time TBA, Atrium Lobby

Contact:  Rochelle Popp at 772-873-3441

Storyteller Lynn Moroney is a daughter of the prairie whose ancestry and pioneer roots are deeply woven into her stories. As a child growing up in Oklahoma, she would gaze in wonder at the stars and constellations that would cascade across the evening sky. Moroney has captured those wonders and wrapped them with folk tales and myths from all cultures. She will share her tales with sky myths and stories of indigenous peoples during this presentation.

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