Indigenous Cultural Festival will bring Pow Wow to Schenley Plaza | University time


Pitt will host its first Indigenous Cultural Festival later this month, which will include a mini powwow on Schenley Plaza.

The Sept. 21 powwow, co-hosted by Pitt and the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center, will begin at 10 a.m. with opening remarks from Mark Tayac, the 29th-generation Chief of the Piscataway Indian Nation, followed by from the traditional grand entrance. Dance. Intertribal and social dancing will continue until 1 p.m. The afternoon session begins with a spirited march from the Carnegie Museum to Schenley Plaza where intertribal and social dancing continues until 6 p.m., when closing remarks will be delivered by tribal elders.

The event will also include vendors selling native products and groups providing information about the native community in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt schools, departments and others are invited to organize tables at the Pow Wow. Complete this form if you are interested in filing.

Other activities during the week:

Object lesson: Inuit sculpture: The University Art Gallery launches a new series with an in-depth look at the collection’s Inuit sculptures. Participants will learn about the history of these objects and discuss issues related to the ownership and display of indigenous artwork in the museum’s collection. 12:15 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. September, Frick Fine Arts Building. Register for the object lesson (registration is limited to 25 participants)

Turning Points 4: Creating Space for Indigenous Museum Practices: Featuring Michelle LaVallee, Director of Indigenous Pathways and Decolonization, National Gallery of Canada and Heather Ahtone, Director of Curatorial Affairs, First Americans Museum. This Turning Points will focus on indigenous frameworks for rebuilding museums. 4-6 p.m. September 22, online conversation. Sign up for Turning Points 4.

An exhibit at Pitt’s Global Hub at Posvar Hall throughout the week will highlight Indigenous history and knowledge. An exhibit on the ground floor of the Hillman Library includes books, media resources and special archives related to Indigenous stories and culture.

All of these events lead up to the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center’s 43rd Annual Pow Wow, which will take place September 24-25 at the center. Singing winds Pantry, 120 Charles Street, Dorseyville, Indiana Township.

The event will include information on Native American heritage, competitive dancing and drumming, Native American cuisine, and arts and crafts.

Pitt will provide free transportation for students from campus to the 43rd Annual Pow Wow.

—Susan Jones

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