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Native American performers come to campus
The Piscataway Singers and Dancers and Mark Tayac, Native American performers, will preform on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. at Bloomsburg University’s Multicultural Center.
At the time of Columbus, as many as 10 million Native Americans lived in North America. A succession of Algonquian people ultimately coalesced into the Piscataway Nation of the Chesapeake and Tidewater regions of Maryland. The Piscataway were the first Native Americans to encounter Captain John Smith along the banks of the Potomac River in 1608. Today, Mark Tayac and the Piscataway Nation Singers and Dancers carry on the longstanding traditions, culture and heritage of their indigenous ancestors.
Tayac travels with the Piscataway Nation Singers and Dancers presenting a colorful, educational and entertaining pow-wow-style campus event, featuring American Indian dance, drums, and song. In addition to their many college campus appearances, the Piscataway Nation Singers and Dancers are frequent contributors to television specials on the History Channel and Discovery Channel. They also appear regularly at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., national pow-wows, and major festivals.
The Piscataway Singers and Dancers performance is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Poetry slam comes to Multicultural Center
Gabriel Ramirez, a writer, actor, poet, playwright, and past poetry slam champion, will perform slam poetry on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at Bloomsburg University’s Multicultural Center.
Gabriel Ramirez is a 20-year-old lover of all things love and author of his Chapbook, “Praise Love.” Ramirez is the 2012 Knicks Poetry Slam Champion, a member of the 2012 Urban Word NYC slam team that placed sixth in the international Brave New Voices Festival. He was featured in a production of one man shows titled, “Black Ink,” where he debuted “Sankofa,” a one man show he wrote and acted. Ramirez has performed on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, New York Live Arts, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theatre and other venues around the country.
Ramirez was featured on Upworthy.com twice and at a TEDxYouth Conference. He ranked second in New York City in Youth Slam and won the 2013 National Youth Poetry Slam Championship in Boston. Ramirez’s visit is presented by the Student Organization of Latinos and is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.