Multicultural Education Department hosting lecture, film to examine understanding and misunderstanding of being Native American

The Misericordia University Multicultural Education Department (MU/ME) is hosting a talk about the evolution of Native Americans in the United States and a film that examines how they are seen through film around the world on Nov. 13-14. The events are open free to the public.

The lecture, “Truth Talks: Frank LittleBear – Being Native American in America,” will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6-8 p.m. in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Frank LittleBear of the Cree National Heritage will present and discuss the evolution of Native Americans in the United States and look at representation and issues facing them today.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, MU/ME will present, “Reel Injun,” a Peabody Award-winning documentary that offers an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, and explores the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of the cinema. Filmmaker Neil Diamond, also a member of the Cree community, traveled through the American heartland to capture how the myth of “the Injun,” as portrayed in hundreds of films, has influenced the world’s understanding and misunderstanding of Native Americans. The film addresses the frequent portrayal of Native Americans as ruthless savages and lost without the help of a white man. It offers scenes from a range of films including John Wayne westerns and the 1990 box office hit, “Dances With Wolves.”

For more information about Multicultural Education at Misericordia University, please call Dan Kimbrough, assistant professor of communications, at (570) 674-6214; or Maria Cabrera, multicultural student outreach coordinator, at (570) 674-6160.