DreamCatcher Legend
Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2014-11-10

Samford University will observe Native American Heritage Month with a series of special events during November. The programs, all free and open to the public, are presented by the Samford Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives.

“These events will provide opportunities for the Samford community to gain knowledge about the cultural experiences of Native American people,” said diversity and intercultural initiatives director Denise J. Gregory.

The line-up, by date:

Thursday, Nov. 13           

A film, Homeland, will be screened at 3:30 p.m. in Christenberry Planetarium. The environmental documentary tells the inspiring story of four battles in which Native American activists fight to preserve their land, sovereignty and culture. A dialogue facilitated by biology professor Drew Hataway and sociology professor Chuck Stokes will follow. The event is co-sponsored by Restoring Eden, an environmental stewardship ministry.  Convocation credit is available for Samford students.

Wednesday, Nov. 19    

“Lunch and Learn” will feature Samford history professor and folklife scholar James S. Brown speaking on “Weaving New Worlds: Cherokee Women Trying to Hold Their Culture Together with Basket Weaving.” The event will be in Beeson University Center’s Howard Room at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served. Space is limited. For reservations, click here

Monday, Nov. 24            

A hands-on “Create Your Own Dream Catcher” activity will take place in the Samford Food Court on the first floor of Beeson University Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants can learn about the Native American tradition of dream catchers while creating one to keep. 

Earlier in the month, Samford students enjoyed a special selection of Native American foods that were served in the dining hall.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.