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Race and Ethnic Studies

The Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium

The Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium is an annual gathering that shines light on Indigenous Peoples’ history, culture and spirituality through presentations, films, performances and workshops. The Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium is coordinated by a planning committee of University faculty and staff, and local indigenous scholars and activists. Mary Anne Angel founded Circle of Light, which launched the Colloquium, in 2000.

NPAC 2020: Representing Indigeneity


Monday, October 19
Inner Peace and Traditional Healing
4 to 5:30 p.m. EST

Speaker Leon Briggs (Tonawanda Seneca) discusses the film Inner Healing, which details Adrian Esposito’s journey toward peace and healing through traditional healing practices.

Representing Indigeneity in Film
7 to 8:30 p.m. EST

A panel discussion featuring Floris White Bull, a member of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and a writer and advisor for Awake: A Dream of Standing Rock, and Jen Wickham, a Gidimt’en clan member and producer of the upcoming film Yintah, which chronicles a decade of Wet’suwet’en struggle. They discuss their use of film as a means of advocacy and to build awareness of the issues facing their communities.

Tuesday, October 20
Paving the Way: Opening Pathways for Native Film
4 to 5:30 p.m. EST

Speaker Dr. Joshua Nelson (Cherokee) discusses the Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium, which has brought hard-to-see Native films to the central Oklahoma community. He also provides a sneak peek at the forthcoming PBS documentary Searching for Sequoyah, which investigates the mystery of what became of the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary on his final journey to Mexico and his legacy.

Representing Indigeneity in Social Media
7 to 8:30 p.m. EST

In this panel discussion Brook Thompson (Yuruk and Karuk), Kanahus Manuel (Secwepemc, Tiny House Warriors), and Eryn Wise (Jicarilla Apache and Laguna Pueblo, Seeding Sovereignty) discuss their uses of social media to advocate for Indigenous sovereignty and land rights.


Race and Ethnic Studies Program