SBU Libraries Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

On November 2, 2016 the University Libraries hosted a display and educational exhibit as part of the First Native American Heritage Awareness Program Series.  Five tables were set up on that beautiful fall day just outside the Melville Library.  Jay Levenson, a member of the Interlibrary Loan services department, brought in his collection of Native American crafts and artifacts to show to the interested faculty, staff, and students of the University.  Cholena Smith (Shinnecock Nation) was also on hand. Dressed in 17th Century clothing she demonstrated moccasin making and spoke to many interested students.  Along with the many artifacts, a sampling of the University Libraries collection that focuses on Native American culture and History was displayed.  Many students expressed surprise that the libraries had such a collection and showed interest in learning more about it.  An estimated 75 to 100 individuals stopped to look, learn, and ask questions at the exhibit.  Two gift baskets were raffled off with the proceeds going towards supporting the Native American Student Organization (NASO).  Some of the members of this club were also present.  A reporter from Vios media was on hand to cover the event and her piece is set to air in a couple of weeks.  To all those that assisted and supported this event we say Nia:wen Ko:wa (Thank You)

Submitted by Jay Levenson

Article from the Statesman

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