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UNF celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month

Multicolored background with text that reads -Indigenous Peoples' Heritage MonthNovember is Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month, also known as National Native American Heritage Month or American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The UNF Intercultural Center for Peace uses the term “indigenous peoples” in recognition of the shared identity amongst individuals who lived together in community before countries, states or regions were officially classified and named. 

Events, programs and activities hosted at UNF throughout the observance month are focused on celebrating the rich history and unique cultural traditions of Indigenous persons living in what we know today as the United States of America. Below is a listing of some of the activities taking place this month. To learn more about Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month and view the full list of events, visit the website.

Monday, Nov. 2: Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month Kickoff: Paying Homage to the UNF Land

Noon to 1 p.m.

The Intercultural Center for Peace and Indigenous Peoples’ Heritage Month Committee will kick off celebrating Indigenous cultures by paying homage to the UNF land with an artifact presentation, performance and a keynote speaker.

Friday, Nov. 6: Health in Indian Country: Building Bridges From Disparity to Health Equity

1 to 2 p.m.

Dr. John Gonzalez, White Earth Anishinaabe Nation member and Bemidji State University professor, will present an overview of health disparities experienced by Indigenous Peoples and ways to increase equity by mitigating risks while maintaining traditions and customs. Following the presentation, a panel of public health professionals will facilitate dialogue and a Q&A session.

Tuesday, Nov. 10: Indigenous Florida: Debunking Myths in Our Region

Noon to 1 p.m.

Using their own research on local Indigenous communities, UNF Archaeologist Dr. Keith Ashley and UNF Historian Dr. Denise Bossy will debunk some of the major myths of our region and reveal that the Indigenous communities of Northeast Florida were far more numerous and powerful than the European settlements.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: The Birth of Latinx Culture: Acknowledging our Indigenous Heritage

3 to 4 p.m.

Dive into the rich history of our Indigenous ancestors and see how their experiences shaped Latin American culture.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: Celebration of Women in the Arts

7 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a fun and powerful celebration of women in the arts.

Monday, Nov. 23: "Our Land: Indigenous Northeast Florida" Virtual Exhibit

Posted at 9 a.m.

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Bossy and Ashley will lead a virtual tour of the Our Land: Indigenous Northeast Florida exhibit they curated that explores Jacksonville’s rich Indigenous history and is currently on display at the Beaches Museum in Jacksonville Beach.