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Empowering Native American Titans

Join your fellow Titans as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month! November is National Native American Heritage Month or also known as American Indian Heritage Month. Founded in 1990, this is a month to honor and celebrate the natives of America and their rich culture, history, and contribution to our society.Take this opportunity to learn more about the history of Native Americans and the struggles that many of them still face today. This is also a month for the Native American community to be proud of who they are, to be proud of their ancestors and all they have been through and accomplished, and the traditions and knowledge that have been preserved through generations of suppression. This is a month for every Titan, and every American, to learn about the original people of this country and their impact and presence to this day.

Cal State Fullerton sits on the ancestral lands of the Tongva/Kizh and Acjachemen people, formerly known as Hotuuknga.As a community, we will be putting on multiple workshops, webinars, and celebrations to honor our native community in Cal State Fullerton and Orange County.

Past Events

Reconnecting With Our Indigenous Roots With Zhaawnong Webb

Tuesday, November 8
Noon – 1 p.m., Virtual

In this webinar, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Webb will share his reconnecting journey as an indigenous person, highlighting the struggles and triumphs of finding his culture again. Zhaawnong shares how the teachings of the medicine wheel and the 7 grandfather teachings helped him find his culture while discovering a community of Indigenous youth paving the way for future generations. The feelings of disconnection are heavy, learn how culture can help you find your way home while learning the responsibilities of Indigenous peoples and settlers alike.

Zhaawnong Webb is a member of the Crane clan in the Anishinaabek Nation and is from Kitigan-Zibi First Nation, as well as a proud Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe inini born and raised in the Kawartha Nishnawbe community in Burleigh Falls, Ontario. While enrolled in Indigenous Studies at Trent University, Zhaawnong began his creative journey in September of 2021 while Focusing on his academics and reconnecting with his Anishinaabe culture and ceremonies. Since then, he has gained significant momentum in his social media journey. With his newfound passion for creating content, Zhaawnong hopes to further connect with his Anishinaabe culture and show Indigenous youth, they should be proud of who they are.

Zoom Link: fullerton.zoom.us/j/83571756007
Zoom ID: 835 7175 6007
Passcode: 482451

Division of Student Affairs and Fooducation Live/Titanwell presents: Cooking the Native Way with Abe Sanchez

Thursday, November 10
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Virtual

Join us for a hands-on cooking workshop with fellow Titans! Come and learn how to roll out flour tortillas fused with local California mesquite. This food source has been used by local Native Americans for millennia. You will learn about the culture of gathering, processing, and preparing mesquite flour along with the art of tortilla making at your own home using contemporary appliances. Learn how to make salsa de chapulines and a nopales salad!

Abe Sanchez (Purepecha) is actively involved in the revival and preservation of indigenous arts and foods. His goal is to promote the decolonization of our diets by cooking and consuming native California and Southwest plant-based foods. He works with traditional scholars and cultural specialists to learn culinary methods and cultural practices that he combines with his years of research and experience. He is particularly interested in traditional foods that are sustainable and readily available, yet understood. He believes that teaching about these ancient foods and helping people learn ways to gather, prepare, and eat them again will make a significant difference in our health and the health of our environment.

For questions or concerns, please contact Native and Indigenous program coordinator, Jorge Contreras at jorcontreras@fullerton.edu or call (657) 278-3836.

Limited Space for hands-on participation and in-person viewing. Can also be viewed live on Zoom!

RSVP: titanwell-nal.ticketleap.com/cooking-the-native-way

The Division of Student Affairs presents: Native American Heritage Celebration

Monday, November 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m., CSUF Central Quad

Join us as we celebrate Native American Heritage month on campus! This will be a day of celebrating the first people of our nation and the original caretakers of this land.

  • Hosted by RedBoy Productions.
  • Lupe Lopez, Chicana/Otomi/Yaqui and owner of RedBoy Productions, a Native American family dance company. Lopez is a Native American Community Leader, Educator, and Paralegal will serve as MC for the day’s event.
  • Visit Native American merchandise/food vendors, resource organizations, Student organizations, and crafts.
  • The first 100 students will have a chance to receive a free Indian Taco from Hale’s Indian Tacos!

For questions or concerns, please contact Native and Indigenous program coordinator, Jorge Contreras at jorcontreras@fullerton.edu or call (657) 278-3836.