Native history celebrated at UNO

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November 9th, 2010

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Omaha, NE – Native American history, arts and culture is being celebrated around the country this month, and here in Omaha, as a tribute to the 20th Native American Indian Heritage Month.

President Calvin Coolidge was the first to declare a day to celebrate Native American history back in 1915. That proclamation came with the first formal appeal for recognition of Native Americans as United States citizens. Native American Day continues in some states – taking the place of Columbus Day. But in 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared an entire month in honor of Native American contributions and culture, now celebrated each November.

That bit of history will be marked with a performance by Native American flutist and artist Kenneth Little Hawk. A descendant of the Mi’kMaq and Mohawk tribes, Little Hawk is a renowned storyteller and artist, who has performed at the White House and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His music has also appeared in Ken Burns’ PBS documentaries The West and Lewis and Clark.  Little Hawk will perform at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Tuesday night, presenting an evening of history and music. Other events celebrating Native American Indian Heritage month at UNO will include a native dance performance Wednesday, Nov. 17 and a live music performance by Gary Farmer and the Trouble Makers next Thursday, Nov. 18.

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