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Roots & Reclamation Music Event

March 25 - March 26

The event schedule, registration (as most events are free), and tickets for our event on the 26th can be found here!

Join us for a celebration of Native art and music throughout March 25 and 26, 2024. View our schedule of events below.

Stories Shared Through Sound: NativeAudio Workshop with Mike Trombley and Professor Dan Cobb | Native America in the Twentieth Century Open Classroom
March 25, 2024 from 11 AM-12:05 PM
109 Fetzer Hall

Join NativeAudio founder Mike Trombley for an “open classroom” workshop exploring how his company incorporates stories from Blackfeet Nation into engineering and music.

Hosted by American Studies Professor Dan Cobb

Landback Abolition Project
March 25, 2024 from 3-4 PM
Gerrard Hall

Our university was built on and later profited from the sale of near and distant Native lands and from the labor of people who were enslaved.

Now we inhabit a complex space that is also home to immigrants from all over the world, who labor at and attend the university. As students, faculty, and staff at this institution, we have a responsibility to engage with this history and how it shapes our current relationships to one another, to our North Carolina community, and to ongoing global and local impacts that are connected to this history: from gentrification at home to research abroad.

The Landback Abolition Project takes up this work through student research and public engagement.

Join us to learn more or find out how to get involved by hearing from Mikayah Oxendine!

Music & Advocacy: A conversation with Rhiannon Giddens, Charly Lowry, and Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery | Performing The South Open Classroom
March 26, 2024 from 3:30-4:45 PM
Stone Center Room 103

Rhiannon Giddens centers her work around advocating for an understanding of the country’s musical origins by celebrating people whose contributions to American musical history have been overlooked or erased. Giddens’ artistic collaborator, Charly Lowry, performs songs, storytelling, hand drum, and guitar to deliver performances that not only tell the plight of her Lumbee and Tuscarora people, but all who face oppression. In this conversation, facilitated by historian and documentary film producer Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery, the artists discuss what advocacy through music looks and sounds like for them and in the communities that they call home.

American Indian Powwow
March 26, 2024 from 6:45-7:15 PM
Memorial Hall Plaza (in front of Memorial Hall’s main entrance)

Ryan Dial and his family will demonstrate various styles of American Indian performing arts, including powwow dancing, social dancing, and Native American flute music.

Ryan Dial (Lumbee)
Idalis Dial (Coharie)
Raven Dial-Stanley (Lumbee)
Emily Holmes (Coharie)

Rhiannon Giddens, featuring Martha Redbone, Pura Fé, and Charly Lowry
March 26, 2024 at 7:30PM
Memorial Hall

Pulitzer-winning composer and Southern Futures Artist-in-Residence Rhiannon Giddens continues to bring untold stories and essential traditions to the stage. This time, she’ll collaborate with Martha Redbone, Pura Fé, and Charly Lowry for a colorful celebration of indigenous artistry.


March 25
March 26
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