Students honor Vice President and Dean Wimbush at 2nd Annual Native American Health and Wellness Community Dance

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Approximately 300 people attended the 2nd Annual Native American Health and Wellness Community Dance on Sat., April 5, with dancers from as far away as North Carolina and South Dakota. Among the attendees was a delegation of high school students from the Red Cloud Indian School at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Free health screenings and intertribal dancing highlighted the event.

The students of the Native American Graduate Student Association, the American Indian Student Association, and the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center honored Vice President and Dean Wimbush with a dance and a gift of a blanket. "In most Native American communities, a blanket is one of the highest honors," said Brian Gilley, director of the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center. "In the gifting tradition, a blanket is usually only second to Eagle Feathers."

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Photos from 2nd Annual Native American Health and Wellness Community Dance on Sat., Apr. 5, 2014.

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Vice President and Dean James Wimbush (left) walks with Lakota and IU Bloomington Anthropology graduate student Nicholas Belle and Belle's daughter Tamsin.
Dancers perform.Health information booth.
Health care educational display.A participant, Wimbush, and Belle display flags.Students present gift of a blanket to Wimbush.
FNECC director Brian Gilley (left) and Wimbush.Vendor's Native American jewelry.Wimbush meets dancers.
Wimbush and students from Red Cloud H.S.Vendor: Morninglark Baskette.Native American arts & crafts vendors.