For Immediate Release
17 February 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Native Americans to Share History and Culture at Tunxis


The public is invited to attend “Celebrating the Native Peoples of the Southwest,” a free presentation on the culture, traditions, and history of the Mojave and Pueblo Indians at Tunxis Community College on March 2, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 6-127. Blue corn pancakes, a traditional Pueblo meal, will be served.

Five members from Mojave, Zuni and Taos tribes will be featured during the event, which will include presentations on the Anasazi people, Pueblo history and lifeways; Mojave and Pueblo religious traditions, painting, pottery, beading, fetishes and jewelry. Performances will feature Mojave dancing, singing of Bird Songs, and “throwing the gourd” (shaking of a beaded gourd).

Event organizer Dr. Frances O’Neil, Tunxis professor of psychology, has developed several courses on American Indians of the Southwest with other Tunxis faculty that utilize her extensive research on Navajo, Mojave, Pueblo and Hopi Indian reservations. O’Neil has participated in many of the rituals and ceremonies while visiting the reservations, and was a recipient of three Navajo blessing and healing ceremonies. O’Neil is currently teaching “The Mojave Indians” and “The Pueblo Indians.”

For more information on “Celebrating the Native Peoples of the Southwest” or about Tunxis courses on American Indians, call 860.255.3734 or 255.3500, or email

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