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Posted on: October 22, 2020

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month with the Branigan Cultural Center

Lyla June

The Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., celebrates November as Native American Heritage Month with the Indigenous Speaker Series from November 9 to November 14. Tune in for these online events! 

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. November 9 - The Eagle and the Condor Meet: A Youth Discussion

Hear from a group of Indigenous youth in New Mexico about their exchange with Indigenous Mayan people in Guatemala. You can tune in at rebrand.ly/EagleCondor or watch the recording on our social media @LCMuseums after the event.

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. November 13 - Indigenizing the Borderlands Workshop

Learn about what "Indigenizing" means to Indigenous peoples of our Borderlands region, and the work they are doing for the community. You will have a chance to speak with them in breakout sessions following the presentation. Please register by emailing Kayla Myers at kmyers@las-cruces.org.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. November 14 - Exploring Our Roots: Youth Writing and Reflection Workshop with Lyla June 

Youth ages 16 to 21 are welcome in this workshop led by Lyla June. She will guide young people to examine how they have learned about Indigenous peoples, how their identity intersects with Indigeneity, and how to heal and explore through their writing. Please register to attend online by November 6,  by emailing Kayla Myers at kmyers@las-cruces.org.

7 p.m. to  8:30 p.m. November 14 - Indigenous Science: Ancient Pathways to a Sustainable Future with Lyla June

Lyla June will speak about the long and prolific legacy of Indigenous Science and the wisdom and practical responses that it holds for modern day society’s greatest challenges. Indigenous Scientific practices shaped the land and culture in the Americas, from creating foodways and balancing ecosystems to developing holistic ways of living with that scientific knowledge. Join us at rebrand.ly/LylaJune.

Lyla June is an Indigenous musician, scholar and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective, and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her music, perspectives, and solutions. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree, focusing on Indigenous food systems revitalization.


The Branigan Cultural Center is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1, Stop 36. For information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @LCMuseums.

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