First Nations Education and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) invites the UW-Green Bay campus community to a free online webinar training event titled, “The Dehumanization of Indigenous Women,” Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Christie Theater. Through both quantitative and qualitative research methods, Stephanie Cross (Comanche Nation) and Emma Allen (Cherokee Nation) will investigate various ways that Indigenous women experience dehumanization and the mechanisms underlying how they are dehumanized by others. This session will examine the effects of dehumanization on Indigenous women and their experiences both in and outside of the University of Oklahoma.
Spring Elder Hours on the Green Bay Campus will begin on Monday, Feb. 10 and will go through Saturday, May 9, 2020. All are welcome to attend and ask questions or simply listen to the elders; no appointments are necessary. Elder hours take place in Wood Hall 410. If you have any questions, please contact Cultural Resource Specialist Bailey Tlachac at email@example.com. Below is the weekly schedule.
Mondays: Napos, noon to 2 p.m. and 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Wednesdays: Georgia Burr, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Napos, 1 to 2 p.m. and 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Thursdays: Laura Cornelius, 9 a.m. to noon.
“Shape changing, a lover, dreams with images and voices of grandmothers, a mysterious highway mishap, tribal politics and an actor’s veering life. Those are just a few elements in a play in a league of its own.” Critic Warren Gerds gives opinion of “And So We Walked,” which was performed at the Weidner Center from Nov. 14 to 16, 2019. More information via Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘And So We Walked’ dynamic in Green Bay | wearegreenbay.
The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a Word Festival, a series of events allowing the audience to experience the spoken word transformed into unforgettable stories through storytelling, spoken word and hip-hop theatre.
The first event is “And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears” on Nov. 14 and 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This event takes place in Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center.
The next event is “Words and Music- A Program of Monologues” and is part of a collaboration between the 6:30 Concert Series and Think Theatre Series on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Weidner Center. This event is free and open to the public.
On Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weidner Center, award-winning and internationally acclaimed theater artists the Q Brothers will be performing their rendition of Shakespeare’s Othello titled “Othello: The Remix”.
The final event as part of the Word Festival will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weidner Center. (M)iyamoto is Black Enough, a group that entertains audiences with a combination of poems and complex musical compositions, will be performing.
At a 60% discounted rate over single-ticket pricing, a package including tickets to all Word Festival events can be purchased for $65.
“J P Leary, Associate Professor of First Nations Studies at UW-Green Bay, discusses the history behind Act 31, the 1989 Wisconsin law which requires all students in the state to learn about the culture, tribal sovereignty, and history of the eleven federally recognized tribes residing in Wisconsin.”
The UW-Green Bay Education Center for First Nations Studies invites all students, staff, faculty, and community members to visit the First Nations Oral Scholars in Residence Elder Hours program. This program provides an informal setting for individuals to learn about First Nations Elders through storytelling and casual conversation in Wood Hall 410, Green Bay Campus. Starting week of Sept. 16, 2019 hours are:
Mondays: Napos – Noon to 2 p.m., 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Tuesdays: Carol Cornelius, Ph.D. – Noon to 3 p.m.
Wednesdays: Georgia Burr – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. & Napos – 1 to 2 p.m. and 3:45 to 5:15 p.m
Thursdays: Laura Cornelius – 9 a.m. to Noon
UW-Green Bay alumna, and teacher in UW-Green Bay’s First Nations Studies program, Susan Daniels, passed away August 2, 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1994 in Social Change and Development (now Democracy and Justice Studies) and her Master’s in Applied Leadership in Teaching and Learning in 2014, both from UW-Green Bay. She was a member of the Oneida Nation, Bear Clan and held numerous positions working for the Tribe. She was an oral scholar for UW-Green Bay’s First Nations Studies program and taught a course on storytelling traditions. Daniels was preceded in death by her parents and husband and is survived by three daughters and their families. Services are this evening, Monday, August 5, 2019 and tomorrow, August 6, at the Oneida Nation Longhouse. See more.
Yuntlekalau McLester wanted to share her experiences in her commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduation ceremony held May 18, 2019. One of those experiences was with failure.
“It happens all the time in life, we can’t succeed if we never fail at something,” she said.
UW-Green Bay Student Speaker Yuntlekalau McLester began her commencement remarks at the beginning, introducing herself to family, friends and fellow graduates in her native Oneida language and ending in song with a message for graduates:
Evangeline yutatyatskwe akhsothak<
Tsyosha>aht yutatyats aknulha
Yuntle>kala=& niyukyats, wakkwaho niwakitalot<, Onyote>a=ka niwakatuh<tsyot< ohkale Talu>kowahne thenakle>
Hello all of you. I’d like to introduce myself.
Evangeline Constance Webster-Delgado was my grandmother’s name
Tsyosha>aht Caterina Delgado is my mother’s name
Yuntle>kala=& is my name and I am of the wolf clan, People of the Standing Stone is the land and earth I come from, and I live where the Ducks are bountiful.
I give my introduction in the Oneida language to establish my relations. Lotinosaunee, People of the Longhouse are matrilineal, we follow our mothers which is why my mother and my mothers mother are included with extension to my clan, my people, and the land I occupy.
As an indigenous woman of Turtle Island, I find it important to stand before you as my true self, in my identity, and in my traditional clothing. I never had the chance to know my maternal grandmother but she was going to college in Chicago raising nine children on her own and passed away right before her college graduation. Today I honor her by wearing her skirt and leggings as my mother did at her graduation. My mother was also a single mother of three therefore, as the third generation of single mothers, I follow in the strength and power of the women in my life that came before me. Being commencement speaker is much more than me speaking before all of you; it is changing a narrative around women. We can see this movement of women taking place with the amazing leadership that is rising. I’m sure that in order for those women to succeed they had to have failed, a lot.
There have been many times when I failed at college and life but each time I had to reexamine why I was here. When looking at my major, which I changed at least three times, I was trying to find what fit me. It took a while before I arrived at my program in First Nations Studies. All of those struggles through life and school can be reminders that we need to take a step back and reevaluate our lives and our decisions to do what makes us happy. Our wellness prepares us to face anything that comes along in our lifetime. In those difficult times, we look to those individuals that help lift us up, our friends and family, through their stories and laughter.
Since attending this institution I’ve been faced with hardships from the loss of family members, of friends, of relationships that put me into some of the darkest times in my life. So much that I questioned if being here at school was the best thing for me. I could honestly say that I would never had made it without the family, friends, and faculty that were there to simply ask me, “How are you doing, is everything going alright?” The importance of my family and community on campus continued to grow through these interconnected relationships that were forming. My journey through life began to fall into alignment with the things that I had envisioned for myself. While in school I was seeing the horrible things happening in the world with my eyes unveiled but yet, with so much love, empathy, and compassion. Those characteristics I had learned through my traditional teachings but were amplified with what I was learning here.
When we’re little we’re told to go to school so we could make a difference, right? We were sent to make an impact and continue the ripple of movers and shakers that came before us. I focus on my passion and doing what I love because I want my son to do the same, as he gets older. If we’re not doing something purposeful with our lives, then maybe its time to take that step back and rethink our next move. There’s always a moment to change and create your own path.
That’s why today, I would like to share a Robin Dance song with all of you. The Robin represents renewal of life after the winter frost has gone. I find it fitting because we all are taking the next steps in our lives by graduating today. I choose to sing this song with one of my students I have been mentoring in Oneida music, language, and culture through our youth programs at the Oneida Nation Arts Program, Kaylee Schuyler.
I am continuing that ripple of changing the narrative around women and hope that all those that come after me are welcomed and find family here. Thanks to all of you who are graduating, for your brilliance and resilience. We made it!”