CNAS Events Calendar

Wegonesh Ezhiwebag? (What's happening?)

  • August 31; September 1, 2: Manoomin (Wild Rice) Camp. Join us for teachings, sharing stories, making ricing tools, processing wild rice, and restoration. Advanced registration is appreciated, follow the link here to register. For more information, contact Kathy Smith (906-524-5757, and DeAnna Hadden (906-524-8209,
  • September 5: Join us for an Open House with CNAS, McNair Scholars, and the UP Area Health Education Center! There will be information, food, and prizes. Come learn about scholarship opportunities and meet faculty from Native American Studies. The Open House will be held in the Whitman Hall Commons (Room 136) from Noon - 2pm.
  • September 19: Tribal Justice Documentary Screening. The Center for Native American Studies,in partnership with the Michigan Supreme Court State Administration Office, will show the documentary Tribal Justice. This film may be of particular interest to students in criminal justice, political science, sociology, and social work. A panel discussion will follow (specific guest information forthcoming). The screening will take place in the Whitman Hall Commons (Room 136) from 6 - 9 pm.
  • September 21, October 5, 12, 26: N8V Dance Fitness. Get fit for pow wow season! Join Michelle Reed (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) and learn to dance pow wow style. This is a workout, so please bring your own towels and water canisters. Raffles and prizes each session! Sessions are held at 10 am at Gym 150 in the PEIF on NMU's Campus.
  • September 21: Beading Workshop with Michelle Reed, after our first N8V Dance Fittness session. Join us in creating some beautiful works of art--CNAS style!
  • September 22: Cultural Teachings of Asemaa with Greg Johnson and Leon Valliere (both Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe). Learn Anishinaabe cultural uses of asemaa and basic Anishinaabemowin. This FREE workshop is open to the first 35 registrants. Food and beverages provided, please bring your own water container. Dish bags also encouraged! To RSVP, call the Center for Native American Studies at 906-227-1397, or sign up in person at Room 112 in Whitman Hall. The workshop will take place in the Whitman Hall Commons (Room 136) from 11am - 4pm.
  • October 8: Indigenous Peoples' Day. The Native American Student Association presents Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration. EVENTS: Social Event 2-4 pm - NMU Academic Mall. Movie Screening of Powwow Highway from 6-8 pm - Jamrich 1320.  Check out Jud's Anishinaabe Word of the Month in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

  • October 23: Advising Night. Join April Lindala and Jeff Gagnon at Advising Night at 6 pm at Gries Hall 2nd Floor. For students interested in History, Native American Studies, and Philosophy as well as students who have questions about their financial aid.

  • November 2nd-9th: Week of Indigenous Eating (more information coming soon).

  • November 2nd: Older Than America screening, 6pm in the Mead Auditorium. This film explores the devastating personal and cultural effects of the American Indian boarding Schools on the members of a Native American family in Minnesota.

  • November 3rd: Ancestral Women traveling exhibit opening at the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center. Through hand-woven jacquard weavings by Mary Burns, Ancestral Women honors and celebrates elder women, one from each of the 12 Native American tribes in Wisconsin. The exhibit runs through January 26th, 2019. The November Opening reception is at 1pm and includes: Weaving demonstrations by Mary Burns (1pm-4pm) and a workshop and performance by Oshkii Giizhik Singers (2pm).

  • November 3rd: Oshkii Giizhik Singers concert, 7:30pm in the Black Box Theater, free admission and open to the public. The NAMMY-winning Oshkii Giizhik Singers are a community-based group of Native American women singers from the Fond Du Lac/Duluth area. They sing to empower Anishinaabe women to use their voice in a good way.

  • November 9: NASA's annual First Nations Food Taster from 5-7 pm at the D.J. Jacobetti Complex. The First Nations Food Taster provides guests with an array of foods from traditional and contemporary Native American recipes.

  • November 10th: Annie Humphrey concert, 7:30pm in the Black Box Theater, $5 for the general public and $1 for students. Annie Humphrey gre up on the Leech Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota.

  • November 12th-17th: Rock Your Mocs Week. Work, school, vacation - wherever you are, wear your moccasins! Take a photo and share it on social media with the hashtag #rockyourmocs

  • November 14th: Regalia Day. Wear your regalia - dresses, leggings, skirts, shirts - and make Native American culture and fashion more visible at NMU!

  • November 15th: Trudell screening, 7pm in the Whitman Commons. This documentary traces American Indian activist and poet John Trudell's life from his childhood in Omaha, Nebraska, through his role as a leader of the American Indian Movement, and his rebirth as a musician and spoken word poet. 

  • November 16th: Star Knowledge workshop with Aimee Cree Dunn, 1:30-2:30pm at the Shiras Planitarium.

  • November 27th: Wind River screening, Noon-2:30pm in the Whitman Commons, discussion to follow. This film follows a veteran hunter as he helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.

  • November 29th: The Great Native Book Purge, Noon-5pm in the Whitman Commons. Lots of Native topic books up for grabs (for free)!

  • December 4: NAS 212 Michigan and Wisconsin Tribal Relations Exhibit - Students of NAS 212 will be hosting a poster session meant to provide insight and share their research scholarship about tribal history, identity, and modern-day priorities of our tribal neighbors. This event is for area middle and high school students and teachers, NMU faculty, staff, and students, and other interested members of the Marquette community.


    Attention Powwow Planners!

    March 30, 2019: Mark Your Calendar. NASA's annual "Learning to Walk Together" traditional powwow. 

The Native American Student Association (NASA) meeting time: Wednesdays at 3 pm (odd weeks 3, 5, 7) and Tuesdays at 5 pm (even weeks 4, 6, 8) in the Whitman Hall Commons.

The Native American Language and Culture Club meeting time: Monday at 3 pm in the Center for Native American Studies.

The Native American Beading Club meeting time is to be determined


Waa-nezhwe'ebak.  (What's happened.) 

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Kenn Pitawanakwat's Anishinaabe Words of the Month

Kenn's Nish Corner (Youtube)

November 2014 Maada-gan-ji-ge

October 2014 Aabi-da-kamagad

September 2014 Maad 'kami-gad

February 2014 Kaw-taa-ni-gisi-naa

January 2014 Aansokedaa Beboon

December 2013 Mina-jaadaa Maadiziwin

November 2013 Anishinaabe minajaadaa

October 2013 Niibiishan Nnbaasinon

September 2013 Bine kedaa. Jibaa kedaa 

April 2013 Kitchi-Piitendaagwad-Maadaziwin

March 2013 Aanii.  Ndishinikaas. Donjibaa. Nndodem. 

January/February 2013 Gaayiin-geyaabi

December 2012 Ngi-chi-zhi'yaa

November 2012 Minomin miinawa waawaashkezh

October 2012 Nan-ji-geywin

September 2012 Anishinaabe Miijim

June 2012 Agii-zhoowaa

May 2012 Kiik-shki-tonaa

April 2012 We-biidaa

March 2012 Kenwebidaa

February 2012 Megawaa

January 2012 Aanch Miinawa

December 2011 Zhiitaadaa!

November 2011 Miigwech-i-nendim-wodaa

October 2011 Bashki-minsigan

September 2011 Shki-Giizoons Niimi