American Indian Heritage month celebration kicks off Oct. 15

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 14, 2008 – The annual American Indian Heritage celebration at Virginia Tech gets underway Wednesday, Oct. 15. The theme of this year's cultural celebration is "Tradition and Innovation."

On Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Haymarket Theatre, Squires Student Center, be entertained and enlightened while Virginia Tech’s student organizations showcase their talents and culture through song, dance, and theatrical performances in the “Celebration of Diversity.”

The featured event of the month is a presentation by Warfield Moose Jr., a traditional Oglala healer on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center. Moose will present “Ben Black Elks Speaks” and share with the audience historical recordings and commentary. His work, “Ben Black Elks Speaks” won best historical recording at the 2003 Native American Music Awards. Immediately following Moose’s presentation a reception will be held in his honor in the Black Cultural Center, Squires Student Center.

In addition to these major events, the month long celebration will also include discussion series, speakers, and poetry readings. For a full list of American Indian Heritage month activities, visit the Multicultural Programs and Services website or call Kristen Swanson at (540) 231-8584. Activities and events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted. American Indian Heritage month will be celebrated through Nov. 15.

Multicultural Programs and Services, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, exists to assist Virginia Tech in creating a welcoming environment that affirms and celebrates the diversity of its community particularly those from underrepresented and historically marginalized populations. Guided by the Principles of Community and the concern for the holistic development of all students, Multicultural Programs and Services provides opportunities for dialogue across differences, student leadership training, cultural celebrations, mentoring, organization advising, faculty interaction, diversity training, and community building.