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Central Michigan Life – CMU to host award-winning musician Supaman to open Native American Heritage Month events

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Central Michigan University will host a live performance by Supaman at 6 p.m. on November 2 at Plachta Auditorium at Warriner Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

“Supaman”, born Christian Takes Gun Parrish, is a member of the Apsáalooke tribe. He is an award-winning Native American dancer and hip-hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowerment and spreading a message of hope, pride and resilience through his original art form. He mixes traditional Native American music with hip-hop to spread his message.

Supaman has released five solo albums to date: ‘Honest God’ (2007), ‘Crow Hop’ (2008), ‘Deadly Penz’ (2009), ‘Gorilla’ (2013) and ‘Illuminatives’. (2016).

His career strong points He notably won a Native American Music Award in 2005 (for Outstanding Hip-Hop Album) under the Native American Hip-Hop Group he founded – Rezawrecktion, received the Native Peoples Music Choice Award, and has was named MTV Artist of the Week in March 2014.

November is Native American Heritage Month. CMU’s Native American Program (NAP) describes the month as: “A time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and to recognize the significant contributions of Indigenous peoples.” Native American Heritage Month also creates a foundation for people to learn about the challenges and struggles that Indigenous peoples have and still face today, both societal and systemic.

Supaman’s live performance is just one of many events on campus for the month. Others include, but are not limited to:

  • Basketry workshop in black ash
    • 1-5 p.m. Nov. 15 at Bovee University Center *exact location sent after event registration*

Learn how to create a black ash basket and hear the stories behind Aboriginal art with Josh and Sarah Homminga. Registration on Engage Central is required for this event.

  • Soup and substance: Anishinaabemowin in relation to the world
    • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Powers Ballroom

“Anishinaabemowin As It Relates To The World”, presented by Isabelle Osawamic, will explore the Anishinaabemowin language and how it connects to the world in various facets such as nature and the health of life.

  • Powwow dance presentation and practice
    • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Mac 1 gymnasium in the Student Activity Center

Learn about the different styles of powwow dancing. Immediately following the presentation, get ready to get active and incorporate dance moves into a workout led by members of the North American Indigenous Student Organization (NAISO).

Many other events are happening this month and can be viewed at Engage Center.