Native American Heritage Day

Saturday, November 9, 2 – 5:30 PM

-Register for this family event that celebrates the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Native people and acknowledges their contributions to society. Elementary school-aged to adults can learn about the Native American way of life through art, literature and film. $5 Admission / $6 at Door.

ADMISSION

$5/Family for Pre-Registered Guests /  $6 @ the Door

Admission fee includes all events. Pre-registration recommended as space is limited. Light refreshments will be served.



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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

2 PM: ARTISTS & INDIANS OF MICHIGAN (10+ to Adult)

Author and ARTrepreneur© Suzanne Bilek leads the art history presentation Artists & Indians of Michigan about Native Americans in Michigan and Detroit from contemporary times to the early 1800s featuring over 50 images of museum quality Native American crafts and fine paintings.

Viewers will discover how Native Americans were the first to be documented in American art, how aboriginal and white professional artists whose painted images made it into our own Detroit Institute of Arts and other great museums, and what life was like for our resident creative class from early times to the present.

3 PM: NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTIME & ART ACTIVITY (3+ to Adult)

Join the Art House and Northville Public Library for Native American-themed program with fun stories, music and more geared toward pre-school ages and up. The audience will learn about history, culture and traditions of Native American through books, music and art. Our little attendees will receive a free gift.

Native American books and music:

  • Rabbit’s Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story by Joseph Bruchac
  • Turtle’s Race With Beaver: A Traditional Seneca Story  by James Bruchac
  • Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard
  • Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
  • Native American Songs & Stories for Children by Sue Straw

Following storytime, the Northville Art House offers everyone the opportunity to create a Native American-inspired art project.

4 PM: FILM AND Q&A: OUR FIRES STILL BURN: THE NATIVE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (10+ to Adult)

This compelling one-hour documentary, produced by Audrey Geyer, invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in Michigan. It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make significant contributions to society. Their experiences will deeply touch both Natives and non-Natives and help build bridges of understanding, respect, and communication.

The stories shared in this documentary are powerful, startling, despairing and inspiring. They reflect an American history fraught with the systematic destruction of a people. Yet, amidst the debris of suffering and trauma, there is resilience and a profound remembering and healing taking place today, which will also benefit the next Seven Generations.

The film will be followed by a conversation with independent video producer Audrey Geyer.