INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A Tribe of Many Nations (TMN), Sierra Nevada College’s Native American Club, will bring their first guest speaker to Incline Village, Nev. Nov. 19.
Spiritual man and public speaker Douglas Duncan of the Pomo nation will be will give a cultural talk and Native dancers will perform a traditional dance. Tribe of Many Nations is also happy club member Inaki Martinez-Creel will perform on the didgeridoo, a woodwind instrument developed by the indigenous peoples of Australia.
SNC is delighted to have this cultural scholar visit the campus. Duncan has experience as a speaker and spiritual leader, annually broadcasting the Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony nationally over the radio and hosting the yearly Pomo ceremony of the Bloody Island massacre. The event is free and open to the public, Nov. 19, 5-8 p.m. in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building, Sierra Nevada College campus, rooms 139/141.
Tribe of Many Nations club is known as one of the most active groups on SNC’s campus. In their short existence, they have already hosted a fundraiser, a charity and one community event. At the end of October, TMN wrapped up their fourth annual coat drive, donating a truck full of hundreds of coats and goods to the Washoe tribe in the Carson Valley. Additionally, the club had their first community event in early November, inviting traditional Washoe drummers to perform and sing ceremonial songs and chants. The event had a surprisingly large turnout, and the performance was well received.
This Saturday’s festivities are sure to be just as engaging and enlightening. Douglas Duncan also has experience in the college environment. Academically, he is a distinguished guest speaker at the University of San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley. The entire club feels honored and excited to host such a well-noted guest speaker and hopes to have a large number of student and community attendants to show everyone’s appreciation to Mr. Duncan. Tribe of Many Nations trusts Douglas Duncan can aid their goals of spreading cultural awareness and education and also hopes this event will leave a lasting impression of the club on the community.
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Tribe of Many Nations, previously known as Native American Student Alliance (NASA), is an official school club under the Student Government Association of Sierra Nevada College. TMN aims to promote environmental restoration, education about historical and present Native American issues, and cultural harmony/cooperation within the community. The club’s central events planned include the annual coat drive, talks from guest speakers to the community, arts and crafts fundraising events, and traveling as a club to a tribal community pow wow. Tribe of Many Nations is open and accepting to any and all SNC students, regardless of Native American heritage. TMN operates under a harmonious framework that emphasizes the spread of education and cultural awareness for all indigenous peoples.