November marks a special month of celebration and remembrance in the United States, as it is designated as Native American Heritage Month. It is a time when the nation reflects on the history, contributions, and challenges of Native Americans. To commence this important month, Brookdale’s Continuing and Professional Studies Lifelong Learning Program, in collaboration with The Redhawk Native American Arts Council, hosted a remarkable event featuring breathtaking performances, insightful discussions, and a closer look at the culture and history of Native Americans.
The event was a vibrant and engaging celebration of Native American heritage. The event’s highlight was undoubtedly the mesmerizing performances that transported the audience into the heart of Native American culture. The traditional dances and music left everyone in awe, displaying the deep-rooted traditions and artistic talents of Native Americans. The vibrant and colorful regalia worn by the performers was breathtaking, adding a layer of authenticity to the entire experience.
Lauren Peters, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, was a guest speaker at the event. She shared her journey and what it is like to be a Native American woman in 2023. Her heartfelt and honest account shed light on the challenges and triumphs of Native Americans in contemporary society. Lauren’s story resonated with the audience, making them more aware of the struggles and achievements of Native American women and the community as a whole.
In addition to the captivating performances and personal insights, the event offered a valuable educational component. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of Native Americans and engage in a discussion about the Thanksgiving story.
“The event aimed to shed light on the often-overlooked aspects of Native American history, helping to gain a deeper understanding of this rich and multifaceted heritage,” said Noreen Kane, program manager of Lifelong Learning. “One of the primary goals of the celebration was to challenge and break the stereotypes.”
By highlighting the authentic and diverse traditions of Indigenous people, everyone left with a clearer understanding of who Native Americans are today, dispelling misconceptions and fostering a greater appreciation for their culture.
As we continue to observe Native American Heritage Month, let’s remember to celebrate and honor the first people of this land, acknowledging their enduring legacy and their vital role in shaping the United States.