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The Great Basin Indigenous Student Association, a Great Basin College student organization, invites everyone to learn about native traditions on Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. in the Leonard Center for Student Life on the GBC Elko campus.
The event is free and open to the public and will feature Great Basin cultural demonstrations in topics, which include teepee setup, uses of native plants, beading, willow weaving, dancing and more. Indian tacos will be available to the public and free to GBC students who show student identification.
Great Basin Indigenous Student Association President James Hedrick said the cultural demonstrations is a kick-off event for the organization that was founded last month.
“It’s an event to help launch our club and spread the word about what we are about. The timing is perfect in November which is National American Indian Heritage Month,” said Hedrick.
Hedrick explained the mission of the organization includes promoting positive interaction between native and non-native communities inside and outside of GBC.
“We hope this event will encourage community engagement by demonstrating Great Basin indigenous cultures.”
Laurie Walsh, faculty advisor of the Great Basin Indigenous Student Association, said GBC serves many rural Native American communities, and this event helps to celebrate and share the amazing cultural heritage of Great Basin native peoples.
“Students, staff and the public are encouraged to talk to the various artists who will be demonstrating their crafts and sharing knowledge. This multicultural celebration will help support Native American students and communities, and will hopefully foster greater interest in higher education in those communities.”
For more information, contact James Hedrick at 775-340-1317 or Aldun Tybo at 775-397-5509.
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