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Press Release for Monday, September 28, 2015

UNF Intercultural Center for PEACE Hosts Native American Celebration

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The Intercultural Center for PEACE at the University of North Florida is hosting a Native American Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Student Union Osprey Plaza, Building 58, on campus.

The event will feature Native American regalia, artifacts, music, dance, lecture and performance. The celebration will be a part of paying respect to the culture and a way of celebrating and embracing diversity. Numerous tribes and their own customs and traditions will be represented.

The presentation will be led by cultural showman Dave “WhiteWolf” Trezak, whose educational programs have been seen at universities and schools across the nation. “Manifest Destiny through Indian Eyes” is the theme of his musical and often humorous historical presentation. He shares the excitement of his Sioux heritage through drum songs, Plains Indian dancing, storytelling, flute music and question-and-answer sessions.

Dancing wouldn’t take place without the sound of the drum, which is known as the “Heartbeat of Mother Earth.” This year, the drum group features Matt Horse as head singer and showcases traditional dancers Rita Clare Horse and Frank Silverhawk.

Matt Horse is an enrolled member of the Oklahoma Kiowa tribe and is a member of the “first family” of his nation. He’s also a competition dancer in the Men's Southern Straight category. For years, his family’s own veteran songs—flag songs, honor songs and prayer songs—have been the basis of modern pow-wow dancing and protocol.

Rita Clare Horse, Matt’s wife, is a member of the Oklahoma Seneca Tribe. She’s a traditional dancer and is knowledgeable in the customs of her people, as well as the history of Southern plains tribes. Frank Silverhawk is a full-blood Cherokee, master storyteller, dancer, presenter, craftsman and artist. His funny, colorful rendition of creation stories and lessons of the elders have been applauded across the nation.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Intercultural Center for PEACE at (904) 620-2475.

The Intercultural Center for PEACE promotes student learning and development through purposeful programming with different cultural groups and departments on campus. It strives to bridge the cultural divide between all individuals at the University and the local community to enhance multicultural sensitivity and strengthen cultural competence.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.