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Nov. 12, 2012
HCC hosts fourth annual American Indian Heritage Month Celebration
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) hosted its fourth annual American Indian Heritage Month celebration, Nov. 7 at The Centre. Festivities included a free educational program catered to middle and high school students and adults. The event provided an opportunity to learn about American Indian culture and traditions.

The 2012 program featured greetings from Haliwa-Saponi Tribal Administrator Alfred Richardson, recognition of the tribe’s elders, and an elder tribute dance by Sharon Berrun and the Dancers of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe. Music for the dancers was provided by the Blue Moon Drummers. The keynote speaker for the event was Arnold Richardson who also spoke on behalf of the tribe’s elders. He performed the song, "Calling of the Wild" and discussed some of the history of the Indian people.

The main program was followed by demonstrations by David Lynch (bows and arrows), Henry Lynch (woodcrafting), Arnold Richardson (Indian music and stone/gold carvings) and Alvin Evans (ceremonial rattlers).

Vendors included Karen Harley (paintings/pottery), Chanta Richardson (Title VII), Brian and Trina Lynch (jewelry), Arnold Richardson (Indian music/carvings) and Laura Richardson (dreamcatchers). Mills on Wheels provided samples of American Indian cuisine including Saponi stew, buffalo chili and fry bread.

North Carolina's American Indian population totals more than 100,000. It is the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi River, sixth largest in the nation. There are eight American Indian tribes in North Carolina.

This event was part of the HCC Lyceum Series of Special Events that will run throughout 2012-13. The public is invited and encouraged to participate in all events. Unless otherwise noted, guests attend at no charge and events will be held in The Centre. This event was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant.

For more information on the 2012-13 HCC Lyceum Series of Special Events, visit http://www.halifaxcc.edu/lyceum/. Check back frequently for updates. To receive notifications of HCC events and events held at The Centre, visit http://halifaxcc.edu/getevents.htm.
The Dancers of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe performed during the fourth annual American Indian Heritage Month celebration held on Nov. 7 at The Centre at HCC.
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