AIIS Events Calendar

Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future

Cherokee Language and Culture Exhibition

January 12th - February 27th, 2018

Ramsey Library

The exhibit focuses on Cherokee language and culture, using sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent story in words and text. The exhibit was developed with the assumption that language shapes thinking. In creating the exhibit storyline, the project team foregrounded the Cherokee language, believed to reflect inherent community values.

Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future was conceived of and designed to include community input as a way to develop its content. Rather than present historical outcomes, the team favored a thematic approach. Major themes include Cherokee Homeland, Heritage Sites, Tourism, Family, and Community Celebrations.  The result is an exhibit that tells a more personal story and provides insight into Cherokee identity.

Sarah Sunshine Manning (Shoshone/Paiute)

We Are The Earth, We Are The Land

A flyer for We Are The Earth, We Are The Land, with a picture of Sarah Sunshine Manning.

March 8th, 2018 (12pm-1pm)

Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall

Sarah is a citizen of the Shoshone and Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in northern Nevada and southern Idaho, and a descendent of the Chippewa and Cree Tribes of Rocky Boy, Montana. She currently resides on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Manning is a writer, journalist, speaker, and social science educator. She is a former middle school and high school teacher, with a total of 8 years in Indian education, and an award-winning columnist and contributing writer at Indian Country Media Network, writing and reporting on issues ranging from education, culture, environmentalism, mental health, tribal rights, politics, arts, and entertainment. Her work has also been published at Truthdig, Levo, Red Ink Magazine, YES! Magazine, EmbraceRace, and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal newspaper, the Sota Iye Yapi. Her work has been syndicated by numerous tribal and educational publications, and other national news outlets.

Manning holds bachelor’s degrees in American Indian Studies, Social Science, and Secondary Education from the University of Minnesota Morris. She is also a candidate for Master’s degrees in Education Administration, and in Journalism and Mass Communication at South Dakota State University.

A picture of Joy Harjo.

Joy Harjo (Muskogee Creek)

Spoken Word Poetry Reading

April 12th, 2018 (7:00pm-8:30pm)

Lipinsky Hall Auditorium

A native of Oklahoma and member of the Mvskoke Nation, Joy Harjo has won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas.

She is a recording artist, the author of seven books of poetry, and the coming-of-age book, For a Girl Becoming.

This event is part of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Series and UNC Asheville's Visiting Writers Series.

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Past Events

Indigenous Film Festival

Poster for 500 Years: A Life in Resistance

500 Years: Life In Resistance (2017)


Humanities Lecture Hall, 6:00 PM

From a historic genocide trial to the overthrow of a President, 500 YEARS tells a sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala's recent history through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.


Poster for Heritage Africa

Heritage Africa (1989)


Humanities Lecture Hall, 6:00 PM

Heritage Africa follows Ghana's fictionalized first black district commissioner who is appointed in 1955, shortly before the civil unrest that would lead Ghana to become the first sub-Saharan African country to regain its independence.


Poster for Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013)


Humanities Lecture Hall, 6:00 PM

Red Crow Mi'g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna's. That means being at the mercy of "Popper", the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.


Poster for Mortu Nega

Mortu Nega (1987)


Humanities Lecture Hall, 6:00 PM

Mortu Nega covers the period from January 1973 during the closing months of the war against the Portuguese until the consolidation of an independent Guinea-Bissau in 1974 and 1975. The film, following Diminga, who emerges from the bush and the story of her unflagging loyalty to her husband, Sako, a wounded guerilla commander, carries the sense of solidarity developed among the freedom fighters.