Speaker to discuss Native American appropriation

Writer, activist and blogger Adrienne Keene, a member of the Cherokee Nation, will discuss “Native Appropriations, Indigenous Social Media and Responding to Racism” when she delivers the keynote speech for Native American Heritage Month at CSU on Thursday, Nov. 10.

It is one of several events being held this month to honor and celebrate Native American heritage.

Keene, whose lecture will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Lory Student Center’s Ballroom D, is the author of the blog Native Appropriations, which features discussions of cultural appropriation and stereotypes of Native peoples in fashion, film, music and other forms of pop culture. Keene, who is dedicated to reframing how the world sees contemporary Native cultures, will host a meet-and-greet after her talk. The event is sponsored by the CSU Native American Cultural Center and RamEvents.

Other events

Keene will also participate in a discussion about appropriation earlier in the day. She and artist Jacob Meders, a printmaker and member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California, will talk about “Cultural Appropriation and the Arts” as part of a panel discussion being held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building’s Hatton Gallery, G101. The event is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Native American Cultural Center.

In addition, an artists’ reception for the “Hands Off My Heritage” exhibition in the Duhesa Gallery on the third floor of the Lory Student Center will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the gallery. Meders, who is one of the featured artists, and Keene will be among those attending the reception.

Keene is a 2015-16 Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and Department of Anthropology at Brown University. She holds a Ph.D. in culture, communities and education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.