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Year of North American Indigenous Peoples

Year of North American Indigenous Peoples

Ya-Tah-Hey, O si yo, Boozhoo - "Hello"

Each academic year since 2003, Reinhardt has designated a region of the world for students to learn more about through in-depth study and hands-on interaction. This focus is intended to promote understanding of varied cultures, businesses, histories, geographies and faiths and to help internationalize the Reinhardt experience.

This year has been named as the Year of North American Indigenous Peoples (YONAIP). Students will delve into the rich history of Native American peoples and have the opportunity to experience these cultures first-hand. Events are scheduled throughout the academic year and include authentic cultural performances and re-enactments, monthly speakers, a weekly film-and-discussion series, and a dancers' festival.

YONAIP Contest

Win a Wii and more! During the YONAIP, the Hill-Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center will hold a Year Of contest for a chance to win monthly prizes and be entered into a drawing for the grand prize Wii.

You can enter the contest by:
1) borrowing one of the the library's many Year Of books or videos
2) reading or viewing
3) writing a short review—one long or two shorter paragraphs


At the end of each month, the library will announce the winner of a T-shirt with the Year Of graphic and a four gb USB. All entrants will be included in a drawing at the end of April for the grand prize Wii.

Upcoming Events for the 2010 Spring Semester

Every Thursday, 2 p.m.
YONAIP Film-and-Discussion Series
Estelle Bennett Hughes HDTV Theater in the Funk Heritage Center.

The following films are scheduled for spring semester: Thursday February 4, 2010  - The Only Good Indian; Thursday February 11, 2010  - The Last of His Tribe; Thursday February 18, 2010 - Pow Wow Highway; Thursday February 25, 2010 - Smoke Signals; Thursday March 4, 2010 - Edge of America; Thursday March 11, 2010 - Skins; Thursday March 18, 2010 - Dance Me Outside; Thursday March 25, 2010 - Business of Fancy Dancing; Thursday April 1, 2010 - Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; Thursday April 8, 2010 - Doe Boy; Thursday April 8, 2010 -Imprint; Thursday April 22, 2010 - Sioux City; Thursday April 29, 2010 - Aleut Story.

*All events are subject to change.

*As additional events are scheduled, details and information will be added above. Unless otherwise noted, community members are invited to attend these programs free of charge.

Global emphasis areas have included:

2009-10 Year of North American Indigenous Peoples (current year)
2008-09 Year of the Mediterranean
2007-08 Year of Eastern Europe and Russia
2006-07 Year of Middle East 
2005-06 Year of Africa
2004-05 Year of Asia
2003-04 Year of The Americas

For more information about the Year of North American Indigenous Peoples, please contact:

Michael Martinez
Director of the Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center
phone: 770-720-5995 
email: MMM1@reinhardt.edu