Chatham Community Library To Host Program On Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe
On Saturday, November 2, the Chatham Community Library will host a FREE event in recognition of Native American Heritage Month, celebrating the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories and important contributions of 3 million Native people representing nearly 570 tribes. It is an opportune time to chronicle the challenges that Native Americans have faced both historically and in the present and to increase awareness regarding the ways in which Tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. The event begins at 1:00pm in the Holmes Meeting Room.
The event features Dr. Marty Richardson, a citizen of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe who has shared his vast knowledge of tribal language, customs, history, and singing for Native and non-Native audiences alike at workshops, presentations, and festivals throughout North America. Dr. Richardson is the Project Director for the Haliwa-Saponi Historic Legacy Project, which strives to continue the legacy of Haliwa-Saponi ancestors and elders to maintain traditional Native values, preserve history, and gain federal acknowledgement. His work centers on Haliwa-Saponi cultural revitalization, including the Tutelo-Saponi language. Dr. Richardson will be joined by other members of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Nation who will give a demonstration of Native American singing. Light refreshments will be served.
On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, thereafter commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. First sponsor of "American Indian Heritage Month" was through the American Indian Heritage Foundation by the founder Pale Moon Rose, of Cherokee-Seneca descent and an adopted Ojibwa, whose Indian name Win-yan-sa-han-wi "Princess of the Pale Moon" was given to her by Alfred Michael "Chief" Venne.
This commemorative month aims to provide a platform for Native people in the United States of America to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. This gives Native people the opportunity to express to their community, both city, county and state officials their concerns and solutions for building bridges of understanding and friendship in their local area. Federal Agencies are encouraged to provide educational programs for their employees regarding Native American history, rights, culture and contemporary issues, to better assist them in their jobs and for overall awareness.
This event is free and open to the public. Funding is made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Chatham Community.