Campus Spotlight

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Oct. 30, 2012
Photo by Maria Sharp

Storyteller Perry Ground, second from left, helped RIT celebrate the Oct. 29 kickoff to Native American Heritage Month. Ground, a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, has been telling stories for more than 15 years as a means of educating people about the culture, beliefs and history of the Haudenosaunee. The program, sponsored by RIT’s Native American Future Stewards Program, also featured drummers including RIT student Ben Parker (Squaxin, Turtle Mountain, Ojibwe) and singer Leah Shenandoah (Oneida), along with artwork created by RIT alumni Lauren Jimerson (Seneca), Awenheeyoh Powless (Onondaga) and Shenandoah. Native foods were also available for tasting. Other events associated with RIT’s commemoration of Native American Heritage Month include a film screening of Crooked Arrow, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Bamboo Room; and a presentation by activist, model and singer Radmilla Cody on Nov. 29.

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