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FIU to host indigenous programs

MIAMI — Florida International University’s Global Indigenous Forum will host the following upcoming events:

Feb. 22 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Maidique campus, SIPA 220: Author and illustrator Dorothy Downs with Lee Tiger, Miccosukee Tribal Member will hold a book signing presentation about”Canoe Back in Time:” An Indigenous Family’s Perspectives on Miccosukee Beliefs, Good Manners, and Respect for Elders. For many decades, Downs has maintained a close relationship with the Miccosukee and Seminole Indians of Florida. She will discuss her experiences with the people who shared their stories in her new book. Downs explores the broad spectrum of Miccosukee beliefs, good manners, respect for elders, and the teachings of Breathmaker, or Creator. This is expressed through the life of Sally Osceola, a fictional 10-year-old girl. The event is free and open to the public.

April 15 – afternoon into evening: Fifth annual FIU Indigenous Celebration at Graham Center Ballroom, FIU Maidique Campus. The program is titled“All Nations Coming Together.” Nations, tribes, communities, and organizations will express their history and heritage as ways to make a better world. People of Miccosukee, Seminole, Quechua, Ainu, Carib, student clubs, faculty, community organizations and others join to share successes, histories, wisdoms and perspectives. Spokespersons and facilitators will lead in dance, song, storytelling and interactive learning about contemporary issues. Wear traditional attire. Free and open to the public, especially tribal members, families, students and faculty.

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