Cameron University invites community members to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day

In observance of Indigenous People’s Day, which this year is celebrated across the country on Monday, October 14, Cameron University invites community members from southwest Oklahoma to its Lawton campus to learn about Native American culture and heritage.

The CU Native American Student Association will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day with a tepee demonstration, a cedaring ceremony, guest speakers and a meal consisting of Indian Corn, posole and fry bread. These activities will take place in Bentley Gardens, on the south side of the CU campus, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Select artwork from the John C. Paynter Collection of Native American Art will be on display in the Inasmuch Foundation Art Gallery, located inside the east entrance of the McMahon Centennial Complex. The collection features works of original art by such noted Native American artists as Harvey Pratt, Robert Redbird, Leonard Riddles (Black Moon), Ed Hoosier, Tim Saupitty, Chad Payne, Robert Redbird Jr, Grover Topaum, David Wahkinney and Jeff Yellowhair. The Cameron University Foundation received the collection as a bequest by the late John C. Paynter, a former staff member. 

“For those who can’t view the exhibition on October 14, the collection will be displayed in the Inasmuch Foundation Art Gallery for several weeks,” says Albert Johnson Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “Community members are welcome to drop by to enjoy this magnificent collection that truly reflects the heritage of Native Americans.”

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October 10, 2019