|Note registration deadline for select Time-Out Week events|
The University Indian Association (UNDIA) celebrates its 38th annual Time-Out Week and Wacipi, April 16-22. Each year Time-Out Week is planned, promoted, and hosted by UNDIA, one of the most enduring Native student organizations on campus. Most events are free and open to the public.
The theme of this year's Time-Out Week celebration is Empowering all Nations: Unity Through Wellness. "Our theme is health focused, about wellness in all dimensions," said Twyla Baker-Demaray, UNDIA Time-Out Week co-coordinator. "We have the new Wellness Center on campus and we wanted to highlight that and what it means to Native Americans," said Baker-Demaray. Julie Two Eagle is the other Time-Out Week co-coordinator.
A few events have limited registration. Please note the Friday, April 13, deadline to register.
Monday, April 16 -- Community book discussion of "The Grass Dancer" by Susan Power will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Power, enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a native Chicagoan, wrote this story set on a Sioux reservation in North Dakota. "The Grass Dancer" weaves a myriad of American Indian folk motifs into the fabric of reality, creating a vibrant tale about the connections among generations, about how the actions of our ancestors can affect our contemporary lives. Birgit Hans, chair and professor of Indian Studies department and approved facilitator of the North Dakota Humanities Council ND Reads Program, will facilitate discussion. Participants are not required to have read the book to attend.
Wednesday, April 18 -- "American Indian Cooking" will be held at the Student Wellness Center's Burnt Toast Kitchen from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Twyla Baker-Demaray (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation) and Hillary Kempenich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Ojibway, Cree and French Canadian) as they help participants discover how food can be an important part of cultural transmission, religious observance, and family life for cultures around the world. Baker-Demaray and Kempenich team up again this year to demonstrate traditional Native American comfort foods. Bring an eagerness to learn about Native cooking and an empty stomach! Call Dawn at 777-6393 by Friday, April 13, if you plan to attend this event.
Thursday, April 19 -- "Beading as a Tradition and Stories of Life" will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Denise Lajimodiere has been beading since receiving her first loom at age eight. Dr. Lajimodiere is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribe and is currently an assistant professor in NDSU's Department of Educational Leadership. Participants will have the opportunity to try the "lazy" stitch used in moccasins, leggings and beaded capes along with the appliqué stitch used for floral design and barrettes. Limited to 30 people, so please call Dawn at 777-6393 by Friday, April 13, to reserve a spot.
Friday, April 20 -- "Walk or Run with Olympian Billy Mills" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and will begin at the Student Wellness Center. Mills was born on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. The discipline and focus he learned in the Marines changed the course of his life. Mills qualified for two events in the 1964 Olympic Games: the 10,000 meters and the marathon. He overcame odds when he won his Gold Medal and set the American and Olympic record in the 10,000 meter run.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Hyslop Sport Center. Get physical and participate in a 3K walk/run with the 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills. Anyone walking or running in this event will receive a prize at the finish line. Co-sponsored with UND cross country and track teams, and Student Wellness Center.
For more information about Time-Out Week and the Wacipi, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact the University of North Dakota Indian Association at 777-4291 or send an e-mail to: MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor email@example.com.
Time-Out Week and Wacipi information is available on the UNDIA web site at: www.und.nodak.edu/org/undia.