Native American Heritage

In Celebration of Native American Heritage Month 2022

Event Evaluation

UNC Greensboro is located on land that has long served as the site of meeting and exchange amongst a number of Indigenous peoples, specifically the Keyauwee and Saura.

Additionally, North Carolina has been home to many Indigenous peoples at various points in time, including the tribes/nations of:  Bear River/Bay River, Cape Fear, Catawba, Chowanoke, Coree/Coranine, Creek, Croatan, Eno, Hatteras, Keyauwee, Machapunga, Moratoc, Natchez, Neusiok, Pamlico, Shakori, Sara/Cheraw, Sissipahaw, Sugeree, Wateree, Weapemeoc, Woccon, Yadkin, and Yeopim.

Today, NC recognizes 8 tribes:  Coharie, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Saponi, Haliwa Saponi, Waccamaw Siouan, Sappony, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

Acknowledgement by itself is a small gesture.  It becomes meaningful when coupled with authentic relationships and informed by action.  As a first step, acknowledgements can be an opening to greater public consciousness of Native sovereignty and cultural rights, a step toward equitable relationships and reconciliation.

Naming is an exercise in power.  Who gets the right to name or be named? Whose stories are honored in a name?  Acknowledgement of traditional land honors historic relationship with the land.

2022 Calendar of Events

Native American Heritage Day

Sun, Nov. 6, 1 – 4pm.

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Foundation Inc

801 Arsenal Ave.FayettevilleNC 28305

Join the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex and UNC Pembroke for an afternoon to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

Pembroke students will be leading activities that include games, artifact demonstrations, and crafts.

This event is FREE thanks to grant funding from the Arts Council of Fayetteville

History at High Noon: The North Carolina American Indian Heritage Commission

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 12–1 p.m. at the NC Museum of History

Make plans to attend a special History at High Noon as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month by welcoming Kerry Bird and Quinn Godwin, the director and associate director for the newly created North Carolina American Indian Heritage Commission. Bird and Godwin will give us the inside scoop on what the commission does and how it will promote inclusivity and accurate representation across our state sites and resources.




“Chronicling the genetic history of the First Peoples in the Americas” 

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 4pm.

UNCG Sullivan Building, Room 101

Prof. Jennifer Raff, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Kansas University, will be visiting UNCG to present a keynote address.

Native American Heritage Month on Art

Thursday, Nov. 17, 6:30-8pm

Hemphill Branch Library, Greensboro, NC

Learn about Native American art as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Tamra Hunt, local artist, will present a program on Native American art. Some of her art will be on display in the Hemphill gallery. This is an in person and Zoom meeting. Contact Ronald Headen at 336-412-6199 or email for Zoom link if needed. 

27th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

Saturday, Nov. 19, All-day

NC Museum of History, Raleigh, NC

The American Indian Heritage Celebration, with support from its community partners the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs and the North Carolina American Indian Commission has been the culminating event in honor of American Indian Heritage Month in North Carolina for more than 25 years.

With a virtual Education Day on Friday and an in-person festival on Saturday, multiple demonstrations, presentations, and performances highlight the traditional and contemporary artistic, scientific, historic, and cultural contributions of American Indians in North Carolina. The consistent theme and message of AIHC, as expressed by its Advisory Board, is visibility: Indigenous people are still here!

Celebrate with Art!

UNCG Alumnus, Raven Dial-Stanley (Lumbee) ’20 is this year’s featured artist for the poster sponsored by the United Tribes of North Carolina, North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, and North Carolina Tribes and Organizations.

Native American Heritage Day 2022

Friday, Nov. 25th, All-day

November 25th is recognized as National Native American Heritage Day in the United States.

Additional resources

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Connect with Guilford Native American Association

Did you know that Guilford County has one of 4 Native Associations in the state? This gives you a strong connection to the Native community of NC and the area.

GNAA also has an amazing art gallery! Visit their webpage to find out more: 

Get connected with GNAA via facebook or instagram!

Native American Student Association at UNCG

National Congress of American Indians

PBS Specials

NC Commission of Indian Affairs

One City, One Book program

Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement

As always – please reach out to Laura Pipe ( or Mrs. Nora Dial-Stanley ( if you need anything.

Turtle with cherokee rose and dogwood flowers and words Indigenous Safe Space in medicine wheel colors

Look for the Indigenous Safe Space sticker around campus!

Last spring, Simone Watkins led a group of faculty and staff in developing a network of advocates for Native students at UNCG. Look for this sticker on faculty and staff doors to find people dedicated to supporting you at UNCG.