Indigenous Studies Event

Friday 29 September 2023, 10 am - 1 pm

On September 29 a delegation of North American Indigenous people will visit Radboud University. They are visiting the Netherlands as part of the 50th anniversary of NANAI (Dutch Support group North American Indigenous Peoples). In the morning, they will contribute to an academic program with three presentations. After the break, two dancers will be performing traditional Indigenous dances, with information about the dances and Q&A.

The three speakers are:

1.     Marcella Gilbert (Lakota) is the daughter of the well-known activist Madonna Thunderhawk—active since the 1970s in the American Indian Movement. Marcella will speak about the 50th commemoration of Wounded Knee, Lakota activism and expectations for the future.

2.     Joely van Dommelen (Mohawk) will speak about the Karihwanoron Mohawk school in Kahnewake, Canada and their language revitalization program.

3.     Teddy Draper (Diné, Navajo) will present on the Navajo Code Talkers, famous for their contributions to the First and Second World War. Teddy will also speak about his father who served as code talker during WWII.

The dances will be performed by Kevin Connywerdy (Comanche Kiowa) and Angelyn Connywerdy (Kiowa, Comanche and Caddo).


Program (Theaterzaal-C):

  • 10.00: Welcome by Dean/vice-Dean
  • 10.05: Welcome by Mathilde Roza and Laura De Vos
  • 10.10: Presentation NANAI
  • 10.20 – 12.00: presentations and Q&A
  • Break with coffee/tea
  • 12.15 – 12.55: Dance performance
  • 12.55: Closing

More information on the speakers and dancers

Friday 29 September 2023, 10 am - 1 pm
Theaterzaal "C"
Registration deadline
Contact information

Questions or to register for this event can be emailed to indigenousstudiesevent [at]