The West Virginia University Native American Studies Program will commemorate November as Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month with an evening of family entertainment that includes dance, drums, songs, and stories.

The Piscataway Indian Nation Singers and Dancers will give a free public performance from 5- 6 p.m., Tuesday (Nov. 12) in the Gluck Theatre of the WVU Mountainlair.

The Piscataway Nation is internationally known for its living history program and dancers, who have performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada.

“The Piscataway tribe’s interaction with Europeans dates back to 1608 when Capt. John Smith sailed up the Potomac. This performance connects our campus with descendants of the people who met with Captain Smith more than 400 years ago,” said Bonnie Brown, coordinator for the WVU Native American Studies Program.

“This event offers a great way to commemorate Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month and think about the ways Native cultural traditions continue to be celebrated.”

The dancers appear regularly at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., and welcome the opportunity to educate audiences who want to learn more about Native American culture and traditions.

The event is co-sponsored by the WVU Office of Multicultural Programs Student Affairs and Global Services.

For more information, contact Bonnie Brown, at 304-293-4626 or



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