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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 16, 2012

Northwest hosts Native American Heritage Month events

Northwest Missouri State University is honoring Native American Heritage Month with a series of events sponsored by the University’s Office of Intercultural Affairs Nov. 19 through Dec. 4.

The events, which are listed below, are free and open to the public.


  • Indians on Display (1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, Student Union Living Room): Dr. Peter Welsh, the director of the Master of Arts program in Museum Studies at the University of Kansas, will talk about the portrayal of Native Americans in museums and how it has dramatically changed over the last 100 years.


  • “Smoke Signals” (2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, Student Union Living Room): This award-winning film tells the story of a young Native American man, Thomas, who lives on a reservation. Thomas’ parents were killed in a fire from which he was saved by a man named Arnold. Shortly after Thomas’ rescue, Arnold disappears, leaving behind his own son, Victor. When Victor learns Arnold has died, Thomas and Victor hit the road together to gather Arnold’s remains.


  • Native American Heritage (2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, Student Union Living Room): Marla Burnsides, a resident of Maryville, will talk about her life, family, friends and her Iowa Indian heritage.


  • Stargazing and Picture Taking: Reflections of the Nature of Reality in Native American and Victorian America (3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, Student Union Living Room): Armin Muhsam, an associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, will talk about how differently Native Americans and Anglo-Americans viewed the world in the 19th century. He will focus the discussion on the Pawnee, a tribe that lived near Maryville.


For more information, contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 660.562.1517 or visit the office’s website by clicking here.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468