COD Symposium to Focus on Native Americans Oct. 22 to 26

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By Jordyn HollidayCollege of DuPage’s Native American Studies Committee will host “Native Voices,” a
symposium focusing on the communication of traditions, beauty and diversity of Native
Americans, from Oct. 22 to 26 on the College’s Glen Ellyn campus.Scheduled events include the following:Tall Paul: Hip-Hop PerformanceBorn and raised in Minnesota, Tall Paul is an Anishinaabe and Oneida Hip-Hop artist
enrolled on the Leech Lake Reservation. From personal expressions of self to thought-provoking
commentary on issues affecting indigenous and diverse communities, Tall Paul’s music
strongly reflects his inner-city upbringing and evokes a wide variety of substance
and soul.Monday, Oct. 22, 2 to 3 p.m.Student Services Center, Room 1200Communicating Culture, Values and Identity through Modern Native ArtJoseph Podlasek is the CEO of the Trickster Art Gallery in Schaumburg, a founding
member and current vice president of National Urban Indian Family Coalition, and an
enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe. He will discuss how contemporary
Native American art communicates Native culture, values and identity, specifically
focusing on Native veterans. This interactive 30-minute presentation will be followed
by a 20-minute Q&A.  Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1 to 1:50 p.m.Student Services Center, Room Room 2201Voices in Stone: Ancient Maya Hieroglyphic WritingDavid Ouellette, Assistant Professor of Art History at COD who specializes in the
art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica, will discuss Mayan hieroglyphic writing
and codices, including how they function and the history of decipherment. He also
will look at groups today working to teach native Maya language back to Maya people.
The presentation will involve an image-based lecture with hands-on deciphering for
attendees.Wednesday, Oct. 24, 3 to 3:50 p.m.           Berg Instructional Center, Room 1H08“Keep Talking” Film Screening and DiscussionThis film follows four Native Alaskan women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered
language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent native elders, as they travel
to remote Afognak Island to …

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