Native American Heritage Month
Tuesday, 11/1/2022 from 8 a.m. to 11/30/2022 at 5 p.m.
COCC’s Native American Heritage Month features “Powwow Yoga,” bestseller book talks
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is commemorating Native American Heritage
Month with free community events throughout November. Programming will include a three-part
virtual book conversation of the novel “There There” by Tommy Orange, Pulitzer Prize
finalist and PEN/Hemingway award winner, free tickets to The Museum at Warm Springs,
and in-person, powwow-dance-influenced yoga sessions at the Bend and Madras campuses.
Visit cocc.edu to learn more.
On Tuesdays from Nov. 1 to Nov. 15, noon to 1 p.m., COCC’s office of diversity and inclusion will host a virtual book discussion of the bestselling novel “There There,” a poignant and unflinching tale of a dozen characters from Native communities traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not realize. To register and receive the link, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Obtain the book at the COCC Barber Library, local libraries or local booksellers.
Acosia Red Elk, a member of the Umatilla Tribe and 10-time world champion jingle dancer, will lead two workshops in her self-designed “Powwow Yoga” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 10-11 a.m. in Wille Hall on the COCC Bend campus, and from 4-5 p.m. in the community room of the COCC Madras campus. The fusion practice blends tribal dancing and yoga for a well-rounded workout with an Indigenous approach to wellness.
Additionally, COCC is offering 50 free tickets to visit The Museum at Warm Springs during the month of November; the will-call tickets are available at the museum on a first-come, first-serve basis. The museum’s mission is to preserve, advance and share the traditions and cultural and artistic heritage of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Visit museum.warmsprings-nsn.gov for hours, current exhibition information and ticket availability.
In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability should contact Caitlyn Gardner at 541-383-7237. For accommodation because of other disability, such as hearing impairment, contact disability services at 541-383-7583.