Native American Heritage Month

Tuesday, 11/1/2022 from 8 a.m. to 11/30/2022 at 5 p.m.

Various locations

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 odi@cocc.edu. 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.

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