Events set for Native American Heritage Month

By L. Parsons

Schools in the Winslow School District have been participating in festivities as part of Native American Heritage Month.

Events have been held throughout the month and will conclude with an inter-tribal pow wow at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Winslow High School Student Union. The pow wow will feature Hopi dancers, Apache Crown dancers and local Aztec dancers. The event is free, but will offer Indian tacos for sale as a fundraiser for Native American scholarships.

A Blanket Dance will also take place to raise money for the Because We Care graduation celebration.    Today (Wednesday, Nov. 15) the students and staff in the district are encouraged to wear Native prints to school.

Thursday, Nov. 16, is Rock your Mocs (moccasins) day, featuring district staff performing 
inter-tribal dances at WHS during lunch periods. Then on Friday, Nov. 17, full traditional dress, featuring district Hopi students performing dances at each school throughout the day.

All events are sponsored by the district’s Indian Education Committee of the Johnson O’Malley Program, which provides funds and staffing to further education in Native American culture.