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Find out about events connected to the California Native American Day Celebration.

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.

Download the 11th Annual California Native American Day Celebration poster (PDF)

September 2016

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

Contact: CANADaycelebrate@ucsd.edu

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)

October 2016

Running Grunion by Abel Silvas

Date: Wednesday, 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.

Contact: CANADaycelebrate@ucsd.edu

November 2016

Accessing 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 10, 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

Contact: CANADaycelebrate@ucsd.edu

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.

Contact: www.caiiff.com

April 2017

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

Contact: CANADayCelebrate@ucsd.edu

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.

May 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.

Contact: Burgundy Fletcher, (858) 281-3898, http://powwow.ucsd.edu/


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, Cross Cultural Center, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Theatre and Dance, Native American Alumni Chapter, Native American Student Alliance, and Welcome Week 2017.

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