Native American Heritage Month: Our Fires Still Burn

Date: November 19, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Campus
More Information: http://www.gvsu.edu/oma

Native American Heritage Month
LIB 100 & 201 Approved


Directed and produced by Audrey Geyer, “Our Fires Still Burn” dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.

During the Boarding School Era, Native American children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed into boarding schools. Interviewees explain how this past trauma continues to negatively impact their emotional and physical health today and contribute to urgent social problems. To help heal this historical trauma, Native Americans are reclaiming their spiritual and cultural identity. In the documentary, an Ojibwa Firekeeper demonstrates the ancient healing ceremony of the Sacred Fire and Native American businessmen, journalists, artists and youth advocates share how they use ancestral teachings to foster diversity and creativity as well as to educate and initiate social change.

Program to include viewing of documentary film, followed by panel discussion.  Panelists to include:

Audrey Geyer:  Executive Producer and Director, Our Fires Still Burn
Levi Rickert:  Editor-In-Chief, Native News Network and Producer, Our Fires Still Burn
Scott Badenoch:  President, Badenoch LLC



Connections to the Classroom
LIB 100/201 Approved

Learning Outcomes:

Personal and Social Responsibility: (LIB100)
1.  Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to discuss how the Native American Boarding Schools impacted future generations due to inter-generational trauma.   (Critical Thinking)

Awareness and Knowledge of Communities and Identities Different from One’s Own: (LIB 201)
2. Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to describe the cultural significance of the sacred fire and the role of the fire keeper.  (Intercultural Knowledge and Competence)

Knowledge and Examination of Structures and Systems that Impact Diverse Populations: (LIB 201)
3. Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to analyze how Native Americans continue to be the silent minority in the United States.  (Integrative Learning)