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GCU Offers Lesson in Wellness through Native American Legends and Moral Lessons

Native American Sculptor and Faith Keeper Diane Shenandoah to Share Haudenosaunee Legends

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 4, 2010—Join Georgian Court University for an evening with renowned Native American sculptor and Faith Keeper of the Oneida Wolf Clan, Diane Shenandoah, on Wednesday, March 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus. Through oral traditions and song, Diane Shenandoah will share Haudenosaunee legends and moral lessons, and impart the importance of the social, spiritual, and emotional well-being of her people in “Wellness through Haudenosaunee Legends, Moral Lessons, and Song.”

The Haudenosaunee (“People of the Longhouse”), or Iroquois as they are also known, are comprised of six nations—the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. When the first Europeans arrived in North America, these Native American people lived in what is now the northeastern part of the United States, primarily in the area that is now upstate New York. Within each of the six nations, people are divided into a number of matrilineal clans. Ms. Shenandoah is the faith keeper of the Wolf Clan, one of three clans in the Oneida Nation.

The program is part of GCU’s continuing A Healthier You on the Horizon series, which offers informative and interactive programs that provide participants with the tools for healthier lifestyles. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free to current GCU students with ID; reservations are required. To register, contact GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.

About Diane Shenandoah
Ms. Shenandoah is an award-winning sculptor with works in the permanent collections of the New York State Museum, the Iroquois Museum, the Mashantucket Museum, the Rancocas Fine Arts Museum, the American Indian Community House, Emerson Art Gallery, Everson Museum of Art, and the Munson William Proctor Museum within the tri-state region. Her work can also be seen at First Peoples Gallery and Ancient Traditions Gallery in Minneapolis and in New Mexico at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Six Directions Gallery, and the Institute of American Indian Studies. She is also a backup singer for her sister, Grammy Award winner Joanne Shenandoah.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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