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Native American Heritage Month

Mon, November 2, 2020Mon, November 30, 2020

November is designated as Native American Heritage Month, and in honor of the many diverse, distinct, and dynamic Indigenous communities, the Native American Heritage Committee at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has organized several virtual events in celebration of our ancestries for now and future generations.

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) shares opening remarks in a short video introduction.

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the IAIA invites the IAIA community throughout the month of November to share their messages of appreciation for their heritage, communities, and IAIA. You can submit text, poems, photos, and videos via social media using #IAIAHeritageMonth and send files directly to to see your submission in IAIA’s social media.


Nov. 2Opening Remarks by IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee)
Nov. 2IAIA Rock-Your-Mocs Design Contest Winner Announced (winning design by Jacquelyn Yepa)
Nov. 2–4Register for Free Moccasin-Making Webinar with IAIA Alumna Leanne Campbell (Coeur d’Alene Tribe)
Nov. 9 Register for Rock-Your-Mocs (first 50 people to register receive a free t-shirt of the winning design)
Nov. 14 Moccasin-Making Webinar with IAIA Alumna Leanne Campbell (Coeur d’Alene Tribe)
Nov. 15–21Rock-Your-Mocs Week (share photographs and stories using the the hashtag #iaiarockyourmocs)
Nov. 16–20 Virtual IAIA Open House
Nov. 19
7 pm
Virtual Watch Party of “Gather”—acclaimed film co-produced by First Nations Development Institute, is a celebration of Native resilience (learn more at
Nov. 30Closing Remarks by Dr. Porter Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Submission from Chuck Hedin (Diné)

Submission from Chuck Hedin (Diné)

The Native American Heritage Committee is comprised of Bert Candelaria (Cochiti), Karen Gomez (Laguna), Melanie Kirby (Tortugas), Paul Moore (Chickasaw), Grace Nuvayestewa (Hopi), Melissa Peters (Navajo), Dr. Porter Swentzell (Santa Clara), Delight Talawepi (Hopi), and Teresa Kaulaity Quintana (Kiowa).

For more information or questions, please contact Land-Grant Extension Educator Melanie Kirby (Tortugas) at (505) 428-5950 or by email at


Mon, November 2, 2020
Mon, November 30, 2020
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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
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