Bittersweet Winds exhibit is Nov. 1-2

The Intertribal Student Council is once again bringing the nationally touring exhibit, “Bittersweet Winds” to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus. The exhibit will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1-2, in the 1965 Room in the University Union. Bittersweet Winds challenges the depiction of Native Americans in mass media and popular culture by presenting both historic and present-day examples of outright stereotyping displayed alongside more accurate portrayals of Native American people and culture. Admission is free and open to the public.

Bittersweet Winds exhibit returns to UW-Green Bay campus

The Intertribal Student Council once again brings the education-focused collection “Bittersweet Winds” to UW-Green Bay. The nationally touring exhibit challenges the history of ‘Indian’ representations in mass media and popular culture. The exhibit will be on display from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 16-18, in Alumni Rooms A and B on the main level of the University Union, on campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Educator and activist Richie Plass (Menominee/Stockbridge-Munsee) is creator and curator. For details, see the news release.

Bittersweet Winds exhibit returns to UW-Green Bay campus

GREEN BAY — The Intertribal Student Council once again brings the education-focused collection “Bittersweet Winds” to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The nationally touring exhibit challenges the history of ‘Indian’ representations in mass media and popular culture.

The Bittersweet Winds exhibit will be on display from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, November 16-18, in Alumni Rooms A and B on the main level of the University Union, on campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Scheduled at various times during the exhibit’s stay at UW-Green Bay are opportunities for guided tours, video presentations, a faculty panel, and student and teacher discussion sessions. Attendees are also able to take in the exhibit on their own to see the historical and present-day representation of Native American populations.

Educator and activist Richie Plass, has been a prominent spokesperson over the last decade as Wisconsin policymakers and others have taken up the issue of American Indian cultural history and the use of race-based mascots. Creator and curator of the traveling exhibit, Plass (Menominee/Stockbridge-Munsee) says the project started as his way to inform the public about mascots and logos which depict Native Americans in erroneous ways.

The Bittersweet Winds exhibit includes both historic and present-day examples of outright stereotyping displayed alongside more accurate portrayals of Native American people and culture.

For more information, contact Crystal Lepscier, an adviser in UW-Green Bay’s American Intercultural Center.

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2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow set for April 25

2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow FlierThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council will present the 2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Kress Events Center on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The event, which is free and open to the public, attracts participants and spectators from across Wisconsin and surrounding states.

It will include grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as a no-cost feast at 5 p.m. at the Mauthe Center on campus. M&J Catering will provide food for the feast.

The theme for the 2015 Pow Wow is “Honoring the Family,” and the event will include a smoke dance special and men’s traditional special. Other honor dances will be held to recognize UW-Green Bay students, UW-Green Bay alumni and others.

The host drum for the event is Midnite Express, a well-known award-winning drum out of Minneapolis.  Three invited drums include one youth drum, Tomahawk Circle (from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe band), to honor all ages of the family. The other two are Eagle Singers and Str8 Across (Menominee).

The master of ceremonies will be Marin ‘Mark’ Denning of the Oneida Nation, and Tyler Defoe (Oneida) is arena director for the event. The Pow Wow’s female head dancers are Antoinette Lester (Oneida, Memoninee) and Kesekokiw Grignon (Oneida, Menominee). The male head dancer is Matthew Lester (Navaho). The color guard unit from the Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association’s Oneida Chamber will bring in the flags during each grand entry.

Sponsors for the Pow Wow include UW-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council, SUFAC, Office of the Provost, American Intercultural Center, First Nations Studies Program, Dean of Students Office, Office of Student Life, the Diversity Taskforce, Common Theme Committee, Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Oneida Nationa Tourism.

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Save the date: Spring Pow wow on April 25


More details to come, but please note on your calendars that the annual UW-Green Bay Pow Wow hosted by the Intertribal Student Council will take place at the Kress Events Center on Saturday, April 25. It is more or less an-all day event, offering opportunities to drop in and participate throughout the day and early evening in enjoying traditional drums, dancing, food and more.

Intertribal Student Council arranges return of ‘Bittersweet Winds’ exhibit 

Intertribal Student Council once again brings to campus the exclusive collection, “Bittersweet Winds.” Come see a national touring educational exhibit that challenges the history of ‘Indian’ representations in mass media and popular objects. Check out the assemblage and take the opportunity to chat with creator/curator, Richie Plass (Menominee/Stockbridge-Munsee). The exhibit will be on display Monday through Thursday next week (Nov. 17-20), open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in Alumni Rooms A and B of the University Union.

UW-Green Bay to host 2014 community Pow Wow Saturday, April 12

UWGB Pow Wow

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council will present the 2014 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Kress Events Center on campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as a no-cost feast at 5 p.m. at the Mauthe Center on campus. M&J Catering will provide food for the feast.

The theme for the 2014 Pow Wow is “Honoring All Our Veterans,” and the event will include a special afternoon honor dance that will recognize all military veterans in attendance. Other honor dances will be held to recognize UW-Green Bay students, UW-Green Bay alumni and others.

The host drum for the event is Str8 Across, a Menominee-Oneida drum group with several singers on the drum who are Iraq War veterans. Six invited drums will represent each of the six Indian tribes — Menominee, Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Oneida, Chippewa and Mohican — located in Wisconsin.

UWGB Pow Wow

Dan King, an Oneida Vietnam veteran, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Pow Wow, and Gary Besaw, Menominee, is arena director for the event. The Pow Wow’s head dancers are Mark Denning (Oneida) and Chelsea Dodge (Menominee), and the head veteran dancers are Wesley Martin (Ojibwe — U.S. Army) and Jamie Awonohopay (Menominee — U.S. Army). Color guard units from the Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association — Oneida Chamber, Veterans of the Menominee Nation, Mohican Veterans Association and Forest County Potawatomi Post 1 will bring in the flags during each grand entry.

Sponsors for the Pow Wow include UW-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council, SUFAC, Office of the Provost, Dean of Students Office, American Intercultural Center, Kress Events Center and Student Diversity Office, along with Wisconsin Public Radio.

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UW-Green Bay to host 2013 community Pow Wow April 13

UW-Green Bay, Pow Wow
A recently revived UW-Green Bay tradition will energize the Kress Events Center Saturday, April 13, as the University’s Intertribal Student Council presents the 2013 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow.

This daylong celebration returned to campus a year ago after a several-year hiatus. The event, which is free and open to the public, offers the chance for both Native American and non-Native attendees to experience the culture and sense of community the Pow Wow offers, said Alan Caldwell, an academic adviser with UW-Green Bay’s American Intercultural Center.

“They’ll get to see traditional Native dancers; they’ll be able to hear traditional Native music with the drum groups that’ll be there,” Caldwell said. “It’s a social event and an opportunity for people to be together with family, with friends and with the community.”

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. at the Kress Events Center on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Grand entries are scheduled at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., with dances, arts and crafts, vendors, food and more offered throughout the day. A Pow Wow feast will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at the nearby Mauthe Center, just across the parking lot from the Kress Center. All events are free and open to the public.

UW-Green Bay, Pow Wow

The theme for the 2013 Pow Wow, “honoring our children,” will be reflected in two special dances taking place during the afternoon. The first will honor children ages birth to nine years old, while the second will recognize children from ages 10 to 18. All children present will be invited to participate.

Each UW-Green Bay Pow Wow features two head dancers, and UW-Green Bay students occupy both roles for the 2013 event. Students Donald Keeble and Chelsea Dodge will be featured in the head dancer roles. The Host Drum for the 2013 Pow Wow is the Young Bear Singers from Mandaree, N. Dak.

UW-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council is the main sponsor of the event, with support from the American Intercultural Center, Dean of Students, Office of the Provost and Kress Events Center.

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