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2014–2015 California Native American Day Celebration

This year's California Native American Day celebration theme is "Being Home: Claiming Space and Identity."

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.

UCSD's California Native American Day Celebration Committee promotes events to enhance the relationship between San Diego's tribal communities and UCSD students, staff, and faculty. All events are free and open to the public.


California Native American Day Celebration Kickoff

Program: Blessing, welcome remarks, exhibit tour, and reception
Rincon Youth Storytellers and Viejas Asha Takuk (Bird Singers)

Date: Friday, Oct. 3
Time: noon–1:30 p.m.
Location: Lobby, Peterson Hall, north area (map)

Running Grunion — Abel Silvas

Abel Silvas will combine comedy, storytelling, and mime, offering an interpretation of Native American history and culture from past to present.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 15
Time: 9–11 a.m., 4 performances on the half hour

  • First performance: 9–9:20 a.m. in rooms 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B
  • Second performance: 9:30–9:50 a.m. in rooms 5 and 6
  • Third performance: 10–10:30 a.m. in rooms 3 and 4
  • Fourth performance: 10:40–11 a.m. in rooms 7, 8, and Mesa

Location: Early Childhood Education Center (map)

Native Community Welcome Dinner

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 28
Time: 6:30–8 p.m.
Location: Cross Cultural Center, Communidad room (map)


Native American Graduate School Information Workshop & Dinner Hosted by Office of Graduate Studies (OGS)

All undergraduates are welcome — to reserve a seat call (858) 822-3536.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 6
Time 5–7 p.m.
Location: Cross-Cultural Center, Communidad room (map)

Native American Film Festival

Film: Legacy of Exiled NDNZ, with filmmaker Pamela Peters
Co-sponsored by Native American Council and Cross-Cultural Center

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 12
Time:  Noon – 2 p.m.
Location: Cross-Cultural Center, Comunidad Room (map)

January 2015

Native American Council Series

"The Subject of Relocated Indians", Randy Edmonds (Kiowa/Caddo)

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 14
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: TBA 

February 2015

The role of community conditions on individual health within Native populations

Dr. Tommi Gaines (Navajo/Hopi)

Date:  Wednesday, Feb. 11

March 2015

Provocation: A Deadly Game, student presentation of original play by Preston Arrow-weed (Kumeyaay-Quechan)

Date:  Thursday, Mar 12
Time: 9:30–11:30 a.m. play reading followed by discussion 
Location:  Arthur Wagner Theatre, Galbraith Hall, Department of Theatre & Dance (map)

California Native American Day High School Art & Essay Contest 

Entries accepted March 2 through April 3
Award presentation: At the 5th Annual UCSD Powwow, May 2, 2015
Application materials (available February 2015)

Workshop: Sacred Pipe - Traditional Use of Tobacco

SCAIR: Kathy Wilcutt

Date:  Wednesday, Mar. 11

Powwow Workshop:  History of the Powwow

Richard Orvedal (Ojibway), Dina Apple (Oglala)

Date:  Wednesday, Mar. 25

April 2015

Warrior Society (Sports)

Jim Warne (Oglala)

Date:  Wednesday, Apr. 1

Powwow Workshop: Shawl-making

Native American Council. Poster (PDF)

Date:  Wednesday, Apr. 8
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Thurgood Marshall College Room, Price Center West

Powwow Workshop:  The Songs of the Powwow

Terry Hinsley (Shawnee)

Date:  Wednesday, Apr. 15

Powwow Workshop:  Gourd Dancing - History, Songs, & Dances

Moses “Hootie” White Cloud (Otoe/Missoura)

Date:  Wednesday, Apr. 22

May 2015

UCSD 5th Annual Powwow "Honoring Our Ancestors," Co-sponsored by Native American Student Alliance and Native American Council

Free and open to the public.

Date:  Saturday, May 2
Time:  11 a.m. (Grand Entry) – 8 p.m. (Closing Prayer)
Location: Warren Field 

Native Space and America

Keynote speaker:  Professor Natchee Blu Barnd, Department of Ethnic Studies, Oregon State University

Date:  Wednesday, May 20
Time:  Noon–2 p.m.
Location:  Cross-Cultural Center, Comunidad Room (map)

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