Lunchable: Celebrate Native American Heritage at the UC Davis Library

Professor and students
Professor Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie demonstrates screen printing for an undergraduate class. (Courtesy/Native American Studies Department)

By Ellen Caminiti, UC Davis News and Media Relations Intern

Lunchable is a regular feature of the UC Davis Arts Blog that recommends an arts attraction that can be viewed during a lunch or other short break.

November marked Native American Heritage month and the 2019-2020 school year marks the 50th anniversary of Native American Studies at UC Davis on the lands of Patwin-Wintun peoples. These are two especially good reasons to visit the UC Davis Library's current exhibit:  Interdisciplinary, Hemispheric, Sovereign, Indigenous: UC Davis Native American Studies at 50 years.

This exhibit highlights the 50-year growth of Native American Studies at UC Davis. Founded in 1969-70 in the original territories of the Patwin-Wintun peoples, Native American Studies has grown from a small number of scholars across multiple programs to a department granting both undergraduate and graduate degrees, while maintaining an interdisciplinary and hemispheric approach to Native peoples, knowledge, and studies.

This display highlights the foundations, growth and scholarship of the Native American Studies department since its inception, and concludes with current faculty, staff and students (re)imagining the futures of Native American Studies at UC Davis.

You can view this during a lunch or other short break.

The exhibit can be found right by the front doors of  Shields Library. It is curated by Colton Brandau, a doctoral student in Native American Studies in partnership with librarian Roberto C. Delgadillo.

The display is enclosed in a glass case, and the artifacts within signify Patwin history and its connections to the campus and community. Artifacts include prominent biographies, news stories of momentous events, publications by UC Davis Native American Studies faculty and various photographs. 

The display will be up through April 20, 2020. More information can be found here.

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