November is designated Native American Heritage Month and Little Deer Durvin from the Cherokee Community of Central California will share their rich history, customs, traditions, and key events as a guest speaker at Cerro Coso Community College on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the College Lecture Center.
What began in 1915 as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the First Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States has blossomed into a month-long celebration of Native Americans. From stories of hardship and triumph to the influential leaders and historical events of the Cherokee people, Little Deer will pay tribute to the vast contributions the Cherokee Community has made in enriching California’s identity and cultural heritage.
Little Deer will talk about the history and culture of the Cherokee people: the Indian Removal Act of the 1830s, the Trail of Tears, the second trail of tears during the dust bowl of the 1930s, and the history of Cherokees in California. She will share their clothing, traditional storytelling, and a little bit on the Cherokee language.
Named the 34th Assembly District’s “Woman of the Year” by California Assemblywoman Shannon Grove in March of 2014, Little Deer was a childcare provider and tireless advocate for child education for more than 25 years. She is very proud of her Native American heritage and volunteers her time to visit classrooms and teach about the Cherokee culture.
The event is FREE and open to the public courtesy of the College International Club and the Student Development Fund. For more information contact the College Student Activities Office at 760-384-6353.