CSU, Chico News

Historical Walking Tour Today and Tree of Peace Celebration Friday Continue Events of Native American History Month

Date: 11-12-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Pamela Ames, Advisor
American Indian Club

The American Indian Club at California State University, Chico has organized a month-long series of activities, events and an art exhibit to raise public awareness of Native American culture, in general, and of the rich contributions of local indigenous peoples, specifically.

The celebration of Native American History month continues with a historical Walking tour led by Arlene Ward, cultural coordinator of the Mechoopda Tribe, today, Nov. 12, at noon. Interested persons should gather in front of Bidwell Mansion, where Ward will begin by discussing the pre-Mansion era of Bidwell’s settlement and the archaeology of finding the footprint of Bidwell’s old adobe. She will talk about the Mechoopda Village site on Little Butte Creek and then move to other sites along Big Chico Creek.

This Friday, Nov. 14, there will be a 20-year commemoration of the Tree of Peace planting. The tree was planted on Nov. 16, 1988 to “heal our communities so that all nations will live in peace; to make a better future for our children seven generations to come.” Participants will meet in front of Trinity Hall for a potluck that begins at 5 p.m.

Annette DeBrotherton, AIC president and CSU, Chico graduate student, said, “It is through opportunities like Native American Heritage Month that we are not only able to share the Native American culture that we have grown up with and experienced, but we also get to learn more about other Native Americans who have different cultures. Native American culture is complex and diverse, and we all have much to learn.”

“We are very supportive of the Native American students on campus,” said Dennis Ramirez, chairman of the Mechoopda Tribe. “It is important that have a forum and a place to come together to share their cultural traditions. Come to as many events as you can. Native American Heritage Month is a time to remind everyone of the living community in the 21st century.”

Other Events
Native American Art Exhibit Month of November, Kendall Hall
An art exhibit by notable California artists such as Susan Brush, Mechoopda; Apalonia Susan Santos, Warm Springs; Jacob Meders, Mechoopda; and James Ward, Pit River/Wintu. The works are on display Monday through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 pm.

Documentary Film November 18, 6 p.m., Holt 170
“The Original Patriots,” by Chico alum Chag Lowry, whose roots are Yurok, Maidu, and Pit River, is based on Lowry’s book on Native American participation in World War II. The book contains 60 interviews of Native veterans from the Mountain Maidu, Pit River, Yurok, Tolowa, Hupa, Karuk, Wiyot, Paiute, Washoe and Shoshone cultures. It also includes a summary of Native American participation in World War I and a history of the Indian boarding school system that most of these veterans went through as young people.

Hand Game, Sticks and Song Workshop Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., Cross Cultural Leadership Center, Meriam Library Room 172

For more information contact Tray Robinson, Office of Diversity at 530-898-4764 or Pam Ames, advisor to AIC, at 898-3649.