CMN celebrates Native American Heritage Month

CMN celebrates Native American Heritage Month
(Rita Courtwright/Managing Editor) College of the Muscogee Nation Registrar Mekko Tyner performs a cedar blessing on Mounds freshman Brandon Ertel along with others to kick off Native American Heritage Month Activities.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for students to learn new things about not only their culture, but other tribes as well.”
— Sapulpa freshman Kaniyah Tiger

Rita Courtwright/Managing Editor

Film festival to educate students and the public as part of observance

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — November marks the beginning of a very significant time in American History, Native American Heritage Month.

The College of Muscogee Nation has planned a number of events to help celebrate this month, including something new, a one-day film festival.

“We have students from many tribes that attend CMN,” said Dean of Student Affairs, Krystal Wind, “So this year we are trying something new within our events. We are holding an Este-Cate Film Festival, which will include films directed and produced by many different Native artists, as well as a short film produced by our very own CMN student body.”

The Este-Cate Film Festival will be held on Nov. 15 at 2 and conclude around 8.

The films schedule includes ‘The Cherokee Word for Water,’ ‘Mekko,’ ‘This May Be the Last Time,’ ‘Mankiller’ and CMN production, ‘A Trail of Feather’s.’

CMN General Education Instructor Waleila Carey said she came up with this idea because she felt it would help expose students to not only technology and tribal issues, but to showcase other forms of art through film.

“I hope students see that there is no limits to what they can do; the only limits they have are what they put upon themselves,” Carey said. “I hope this film festival inspires them to want to preserve their culture, perhaps through film.”

Along with the film festival, beading, cornhusk doll and lye making classes as well as a veterans salute are also set.

“We want to invite the community to come and fellowship and learn with our students more about Native heritage and culture,” Wind said.

The National Congress of American Indians provided information about the celebration of Native Americans in November, ‘The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.’

All events hosted are free and open to the public through the month of November.

For a complete list of activities visit The College of the Muscogee Nation Facebook page.

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