Native People of the Americas Colloquium

Native People of the Americas Colloquium 2018


November 12-13, 2018

Indigenous Humor

Click HERE for the 2018 NPAC Program

The colloquium is a yearly forum at the University of Dayton intended to give voice to indigenous issues, perspectives and experiences. In emphasizing the value that comes from understanding and engaging Native perspectives, we can construct a community that is truly inclusive.

Circle of Light, an inclusion and diversity program at the University of Dayton, and a planning committee of University faculty and staff coordinate the Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium. Mary Anne Angel founded Circle of Light in 2000.

*Registration required for some events

Monday, November 12

Music and story-telling will be provided between sessions by Ga-Li and Perry Ground throughout the day in the Kennedy Union Ballroom.

Native Blessing Ceremony

Central Mall (rain location: Kennedy Union ballroom), 9:05 A.M.

An Interactive Discussion of Two Spirit Identity
KU Ballroom, 10:10 AM

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Luncheon: The Universal Language of Music and Storytelling: A Native Perspective with Alicia Pagan and Raymond Two Crows Wallen
KU Ballroom, 12:20 P.M.
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Native Humor and the Changing Face of Contemporary Storytelling
KU Ballroom, 2:30 P.M.

Special Guest Presenter: Drew Hayden Taylor (Anishnawbe) 

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Defining Womanhood, Power and Communication
KU Ballroom, 4:30

Performance by Adrianne Chalepah (Kiowa/Apache)

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Storytelling and Music with Perry Ground and Ga-Li
KU Ballroom, 7:30


Tuesday, November 13


Re-thinking Thanksgiving—A Native American Perspective on an American Holiday, Part 1
KU Ballroom, 11 A.M.
Perry Ground will first offer an overview of this misunderstood holiday, based on the only primary source documents that chronicle the “First Thanksgiving .” Using a quiz-style format, he will share accurate and culturally appropriate information about the feast, the relationship between the English settlers and Wampanoag and how this story became the holiday we know today. The concept of thanksgiving held by many Native Americans, including the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), will be emphasized so participants can understand how Native Peoples view Thanksgiving today.

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Luncheon: Re-thinking Thanksgiving — A Native American Perspective on an American Holiday, Part 2
KU Ballroom, 12:30 P.M.
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Leon’s Magical Fry Bread Workshop
McGinnis Multi-purpose Room, Adele Center, 2
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Native Comedy with a Message Connecting Generations Through Laughter & Dismantling Stereotypes
KU Ballroom, 4:30 P.M. Special Guest Presenter: Award-winning comedian and actor Tatanka Means (Oglala Lakota/Omaha/Dine’)
Tatanka Means is an award-winning actor, stand-up comedian and motivational speaker from Chinle, Arizona. He represents the Navajo, Oglala Lakota, and Omaha Nations. His most recent television and movie credits include THE SON on AMC, the upcoming film Once Upon a River, and The Chickasaw Rancher produced by the Chickasaw Nation. Tatanka also performs stand-up comedy internationally and is one of the busiest touring Native comedians performing today. Tatanka travels Indian Country spreading laughter and messages of motivation to all ages entertaining audiences everywhere from casinos and schools, conferences and colleges to prisons and rehab centers. He was recognized and awarded for his comedy by being voted “Best Comedian” by Albuquerque The Magazine and was honored by the National Indian Gaming Association with the 2018 “Entertainer of The Year” award. Tatanka has become a much-needed role model for all American Indian First Nations youth. He is proud to be an alcohol and drug-free sober performer. 

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In conjunction with the colloquium, the campus community is invited to
attend a series of films throughout the semester further exploring Native
American identity and history.

NPAC Film Series (all held in Sears Auditorium, Humanities Bldg.)

Sep 27, 7-9 pmReel Injuns

Oct 25, 7-9 pmSearching for Winnetou 

Nov 15, 7-9 pmSomething Inside is Broken

Dec 6, 7-9 pmThe Cherokee Word for Water 

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NPAC Committee

Tereza Szeghi, co-chair
Tom Morgan, co-chair
Mary Anne Angel
Nick Cardilino
Daria-Yvonne Graham
Stephanie Litka 
David Luftig
Shannon Toll
Scott West


The NPAC planning committee would like to extend our
gratitude to our sponsors, collaborators, presenters and

Internal Sponsors

Arts and Sciences Cluster Coordinating Committee, Center
for Social Concern, Circle of Light Program, Department of
Communication, Department of English, University Graduate
School, Graul Chair in Arts and Languages, Department
of History, Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Office of
Multicultural Affairs, Office of the President, Office of the
Provost, Department of Philosophy, Department of Religious
Studies, University Libraries Diversity and Inclusion
Committee, and the Women’s Center

External Sponsors

Chaske Hotain Singers, Ga-Li, Medicine Bow Forge, Standing
Rock Indian Reservation, Tonawanda Seneca Reservation,
Two Trees Inc. and Weinkauf Film Productions


Office of Multicultural Affairs

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300 College Park
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