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Native American Heritage Expo Underway

Western Carolina University celebrates Native American Heritage Month with a Native American Heritage Expo.
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The third annual Native American Heritage Expo started today at Western Carolina University and will continue throughout the week. According to, the event is "designed to explore the rich and vast culture of the Native American experience," and includes artwork and presentations focused on values, traditions and social justice.

Tonight, starting at 6, a Native American health panel focusing on Cherokee women's health will be held. On Thursday, November 8, listen to Will Chavez, Cherokee, discuss "The Struggle for Freedom of the Press in Indian Country" at 6 p.m.

On November 9 at 12:20 p.m., attendees can get an overview of the Cherokee Boarding School Experience, then check out an Indian Identity Panel at 3:30.

Arigon Starr, an award-winning Kickapoo musician, songwriter, actor and creator of the comic book "Super Indian", will perform November 9 at 6 p.m. Qualla artists will be honored during a November 10 reception from 6 to 8 p.m.; the reception will also celebrate the exhibit Qualla Arts and Craft Mutual: Tradition and Innovation.

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All events are free and open to public and are held in the A.K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus, in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Visit here for a full listing of events.