McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Celebrates Native American Heritage Awareness Day – Nov. 18, 2014

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The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, will celebrate Native American Heritage Awareness Day on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, with a screening of the film “The Cherokee Word for Water” at 7pm.  This event is free and open to the public.

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“The Cherokee Word for Water” is inspired by the true story of Wilma Mankiller – the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Indians – and highlights a Cherokee community’s struggle to bring water to their people. Set in Mankiller’s rural Oklahoma Cherokee community, the movie highlights a community coming together to improve its life condition. In the process, they inspire trust among one another, and reawaken values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. Charlie Soap – the film’s director and Wilma Mankiller’s husband – will be participating in a conversation after the screening.

The film is presented as a part of McKissick Museum’s year-long exhibit, “Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast,” and in partnership with the Department of Anthropology, Institute for Southern Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. “Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast” represents year two of McKissick’s Diverse Voices series, which celebrates the traditional arts and folkways of the Southeastern United States.

Other events for Native American Heritage Awareness Month include Native American Heritage Awareness Day at the South Carolina Statehouse, also on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, and the Native American Indian Film Festival: (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Native-American-Indian-Film-Video-Festival-of-the-Southeast/154115854684326).

McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets.

For more information, call Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876.

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