Native American activist Anna Edwards visits COM
College of the Mainland will honor Native American Heritage Month, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 12:30 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Auditorium. Anna Edwards, member of the Ohkay Owingeh, formerly known as San Juan Pueblo, will give a presentation about Native American culture and heritage.
“It is important to celebrate the history and culture of Native Americans. They have played an important role in the establishment of the United States,” said Martin Perez, director of admissions and international affairs. “We have students and faculty who are of Native American decent and we want to make sure we celebrate all the cultures represented on our campus.”
Edwards is secretary and cultural director of the Native American Chamber of Commerce. Through her association with the Center for Military History she has been responsible for projecting the accomplishments of Native Americans in the military. She is a lecturer, model, flutist, writer, poet and a dance exhibition coordinator. Her lectures on Native American culture have carried her in many directions, ranging from pre-kindergarten show-and-tell to speaking to an IRS agent convention.
Edwards was a co-producer of a Native American radio program, “Peace Pipes and Visions,” in the 1980s when she had the pleasure of interviewing several leaders, artists, and professionals involved in the Native American world. She has also worked as a field coordinator for the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation and with Indian Health Services.
“Through events like this, COM is embracing multiculturalism by raising awareness of all types of cultures and ethnicities,” said Perez. This event, sponsored by the COM Multicultural Team, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 409-933-8653.