The 11th Annual California Native American Day Celebration theme is Native Journeys: Forging Paths to an Empowered Future.
California Native American Day was established as an official state holiday in 1998. Today, all California schools recognize the fourth Friday in September as the official Native American holiday.
California Native American Day Celebration Kickoff | Free Event | RSVP Required
Program: Blessing, Welcome Remarks, Dance Performances, Intertribal Sports Workshop
Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
Time: Lunch/ Program: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Workshop 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Great Hall, Eleanor Roosevelt College International House
Native Community Welcome Dinner
Hosted by Native American Student Association and Chancellor’s Office
Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Cross-Cultural Center, Comunidad Room (map)
Description: Welcome dinner for alumni, Native American students, and Chancellor’s Fellows. Co-hosted by Native American Student Association and Chancellor’s Office.
Contact: Native American Student Alliance (NASA)
Running Grunion by Abel Silvas
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Four performances on the half hour
Location: Early Childhood Education Center (map)
- 9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. in rooms 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B
- 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. in rooms 5 and 6
- 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in rooms 3 and 4
- 10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in rooms 7, 8, and Mesa
Description: Abel Silvas will combine comedy, storytelling and mime, offering an interpretation of Native American history and culture from past to present at UC San Diego’s Early Childhood Education Center.
Contact: ECEC, (858) 246-0900
James Luna with Jeneen Frei Njoootli | Special Guest: Tracy Lee Nelson | RSVP Required
Ishi: The Archive Performance by James Luna (Pooyukitchchum/ Ipai)
Dates and Times:
- Oct. 27, 2016: 2 p.m., Matinee for students from local reservations, colleges, and high schools.
- Oct. 28, 2016: 7:30 p.m
Location: Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
Description: “Ishi: The Archive Performance” is a new work written and performed by James Luna, renowned Native American, visual and performance artist. In 1911, an Indian man walked into a small northern California town. His appearance inspired fright, laughter, and pity from the populace. Anthropologists came to the conclusion that Ishi was the last of his tribe and decided that for his welfare and for the advancement of science, he would live out his remaining years as a living specimen at the University of California, Berkeley’s campus museum. Based on archival work, James Luna has created a powerful exploration of Ishi's life, silence, and the place that he should hold in the history and cultures of California.
Assessing Academic Opportunities at UC San Diego for Native Students
Hosted by Graduate Division
All undergraduates are welcome - to reserve a seat call (858) 822-3536.
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Chancellor’s Complex 111-A
Description: Presentation of research relating to Native America and Indigenous peoples and issues and discussion of the UCSD Tribal Initiative for graduate applicants.
Contact: Elisa Maldonado
Intertribal Resource Center Welcome Community Reception | RSVP Required
Hosted by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Date: Monday, November 7, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room, Student Service Center, 1st Floor
Description: Welcome reception and celebration for Elena Hood, the inaugural Director of the Intertribal Resource Center (ITRC). RSVP no later than October 31 to CANADaycelebrate@ucsd.edu. Hosted by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Native American Film Screening
The Seventh Fire with Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman and Chris Eyre
Co-hosted by the Cross-Cultural Center
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Cross-Cultural Center, Comunidad Room
Description: When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation.
Contact: Nancy Magpusao
California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival 2016 (CAIIFF)
Hosted by the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Date: November 17-19, 2016
Location: California State University San Marcos (CSUSM)
Description: The CAIIFF will highlight the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors working through Indian Country.
Poetic Landscapes: Indigenous Spoken Word and Storytelling - A Cabaret Night
Co-hosted by the Department of Ethnic Studies 25th Anniversary Events and Native American Student Association
Date: April 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Loft @ UC San Diego
Contact: Julie Burelle
California Native American Day High School Art & Essay Contest
Entrees accepted from February 1 through April 4, 2017
Award presentation: At the 7th Annual UCSD Powwow, May, 2017
Application materials (available January 2017): http://eaop.ucsd.edu/essays/index.html
Description: Essay and Art contest for high school students with a winner for group: 9-10th, 11-12th, Tribally enrolled members, and a grand prize incentive scholarship. Essay topic will be posted in January 2017.
7th Annual Powwow at UC San Diego | Free and open to the public
Hosted by Native American Student Alliance (NASA)
Essay contest winners will be announced
Date: May 2017 (TBA)
Location: Warren Field
Description: The Powwow is a Native American gathering focused on dance, song and family celebration. It celebrates the connections to tradition and spirituality, to the Earth and to one another in a social, personal and spiritual meeting.
Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Resource Management and Planning, Center for the Investigation of Health and Educational Disparities (CiHED), Council of Coordinators of Student Activities, Council of Provosts, Cross Cultural Center, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Theatre and Dance, Early Academic Outreach Program, Early Childhood Education Parent’s Advisory Board, Graduate Division, Native American Alumni Chapter, Native American Student Alliance, Student Educational Advancement, Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service (SPACES), and Welcome Week 2017.Find out about events connected to the California Native American Day Celebration.