IU East plans events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November 17, 2009 |

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will host two events in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.

The events are free and open to the public.

Flutist Bud EagleWolf will perform at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, in Vivian Auditorium. He has eight flutes that he uses in his performance. He will also talk about his music, his family, and his Native American heritage.

Tony Showa is the former director of the American Indian Center of Indiana, Inc. He will give a presentation, “Dispelling the Myths of American Indians,” on debunking myths about American Indians and show a short film, Native American Cultural Competency. The presentation is on Thursday, November 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Vivian Auditorium.

EagleWolf was raised among a family of musicians in Breathitt County, Kentucky, EagleWolf began playing guitar at age 14. By age 18, EagleWolf had picked up the bass and moved into Ohio, finding interest in the local music scene before joining Bill Bartlett and his band, Midnight Sun.

Always aware of his Eastern Cherokee heritage, it wasn’t until his mid-thirties that the search for cultural Indian roots awakened in him a more intense spiritual quest. “It touched my spirit. It was a calling I answered and I’ve never looked back.”

Tony Showa is from the Four Corners Area of the United States. Born from The Many Goats Clans (Father’s Side) and fromThe Water Edge People Clan (Mother’s Side) of The Dine (Navajo) Nation, he was raised in Los Angeles, Calif., and currently resides in Indianapolis. He follows the Dine traditional way of living in hozho, which is, attaining and living in harmony and happiness.

During his walk on Mother Earth, Showa said he has encountered many people with different ways, beliefs and spiritualities and has learned and will continue to learn about life’s lessons of humility, patience and gratitude. Showa is a Pow Wow drummer and drum maker, and he has drummed and sung at many different Native American social and ceremonial events.

Showa is bringing a donation box for clothing or toys to help the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Band of Indians in Belcourt, North Dakota.

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (765) 973-8320.