Cal Poly Pomona proudly celebrates Native American Heritage Month in November, recognizing the contributions that the first Americans made to our country.
CPP’s American Indian/Native American students, faculty and staff have created a community on campus through the Native American Student Center that benefits the entire university.
There are several events throughout Native American Heritage Month that celebrate and honor the traditions of American Indians/Native Americans:
When Peer Review Won’t Do
Date: Nov. 8, noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Library, room 2907
Description: In this workshop, students researching American Indian/Native American communities will learn how to identify alternative sources outside the realm of traditional academia, identify credible sources, consider what is appropriate, use proper terminology, and learn about leaders and knowledge sources within Native American communities.
Storytelling Series: Mato Wayuhi
Date: Nov. 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: University Library, room 4829
Description: Mato Wayuhi, an Oglala Lakota performing artist, will share about his experience working on the hit TV show “Reservation Dogs” and participate in a Q&A featuring questions facilitated by the Native American Student Center.
Harvest Day: Reconstructing Thanksgiving
Date: Nov. 15, 5-8 p.m.
Location: Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major
Description: The Natives Aiming to Inspire Values in Education (NATIVE) Pipeline program at Cal Poly Pomona, which seeks to inspire Native American students to attend college and explore their academic potential, will deconstruct the westernized Thanksgiving. There will be Native Community Panels, traditional dance performances, and sampling of native foods.
Huitlacoche: Ancestral Mesoamerican Umami with Chef Chris Rodriguez
Date: Nov. 15, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: The Collins College Demo Auditorium, Building 79, Room 147
Description: Collins College of Hospitality Management alumnus, Chris Rodriguez, will present a history and food demonstration on huitlacoche, a fungi that grows on maize and is considered an ancestral delicacy for Mesoamerican food cultures. Rodriguez is a full-time chef and culinary instructor with the Los Angeles Community College District. As a father and mutual aid chef organizing community-based access to the ecological stewardship of the land, Rodriguez is actively engaged in the development of local institutions such as a land trust, mutual aid kitchens, and grassroots community health projects.
Kwa’iiy Series, Abe Shancez – Chia Café Collective
Date: Nov. 16, 5-6 p.m.
Location: College of Agriculture Food Lab
Description: Abe Sanchez from Chia Café Collective will lead a cooking workshop focused on Indigenous food revitalization, including how to use mesquite flour as an alternative to white flour to make handmade tortillas. Learn on how to roll out flour tortillas fused with local mesquite bean flour, a food source used by local Native Americans. The workshop offers the opportunity to learn about the culture of gathering, processing and preparing mesquite beans along with the art of tortilla making at home using contemporary kitchen appliances.
Beading Circle with Kate Sultuska
Date: Nov. 23, 5-6 p.m.
Location: Zoom Link to Come
Description: Indigenous artist Kate Sultuska will teach about the importance and technique of beading, including the flat stich beading style and how to bead a crescent moon medallion. All identities and experience levels are welcome.