Emory Wheel Highlights Dr. Melenie Frye “Working With the Mvskoke Language”

The Emory Wheel highlighted Dr. Melanie Frye’s presentation Vnokeckv Omēcicen (Because of Love): Working with the Mvskoke Language discussing language’s relation to its people, their history, and their future to a community of Emory students, faculty, and staff.

Emory hosts Mvskoke language teacher in continuation of relationship with Muscogee Nation

T 02/06 Dr. Melanie Frye–Vnokeckv Omēcicen (Because of Love): Working with the Mvskoke Language

The Emory College Language Center host Dr. Melanie Frye, a proud citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, as she discusses her advocation  for perpetuation and revitalization of the Mvskoke (Creek/Seminole) language and working with Native youth language and culture camps.

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Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Place: Jones Room of Woodruff Library

Beth Michel Named Senior Associate Director for the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies

Emory University’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies announces the appointment of Beth Michel as its Senior Associate Director.

In this full-time leadership position, Michel will direct the Center’s strategic initiatives, continuing her work to foster thriving communities of Indigenous students, faculty, and staff at Emory, coordinate campus-wide programming and tribal community partnerships through events like the annual Muscogee Teach-In, and strengthen the development of a new minor in Native and Indigenous Studies.

The Emory Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies launched in the Spring of 2023, building on Emory’s existing Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, which Ms. Michel directed. The Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies is dedicated to nourishing a vibrant intellectual community supports cross-disciplinary research and teaching, as well as opportunities for students to take coursework in NAIS and while respectfully engaging Indigenous communities.

“I am fortunate to continue building a space that embraces Native & Indigenous knowledge and supporting the strategic plans for the minor,” says Beth Michel as she steps into her new role.

Beth Michel is a proud citizen of the Tohono O’odham Nation as well as Hopi and Navajo. Previously, Michel served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Office of Undergraduate Admission’s Lead for Native American Affairs at Emory University. Prior to joining Emory, Michel was an Indigenous evaluator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) as a contractor.

Michel received a Master of Public Health degree with a global health concentration from Rollins School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona. In 2023, she was honored to receive the Women of Color Initiative (WOCI) Atlanta Collaborative in Higher Education Outstanding Atlanta Staff Impact Award.

NAISI Congratulates Associate Dean Beth Michel for receiving the Women of Color Initiative (WOCI) Outstanding Atlanta Staff Impact Award!


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The WOCI Atlanta Collaborative in Higher Education, a strategic alliance encompassing prominent institutions such as the Center for Women at Emory, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Tech’s Office of Minority Educational Development (OMED), Emory University Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Spelman College Women Research and Resource Center, STEM Atlanta Women, Inc, Women’s Resource Center at Georgia Tech, and MiTek, comprises a comprehensive network dedicated to the advancement of women across industry, research, and higher education. Women of Color Initiative Awards are given each year to students, faculties, staff and community leaders who have made significant contributions towards social justice, advocacy, higher education, scholarly achievements, or and/or building communities. of upliftment. Nominees gathered at Georgia Institute of Technology to celebrate the tremendous achievements participants have done over within  Atlanta.

Associate Dean Beth Michel was honored to receive Women of Color Initiative (WOCI) Outstanding Atlanta Staff Impact Award. She noted that she did not receive this award alone but on behalf of the colleagues working with her. 

Dean Michel reflected on how wonderful it was to be among fellow women passionate about their work. One of her favorite experiences was the brunch communed by all the finalists and other participants of the event. Women ate and shared their effects in their communities, aspirations for growth, and methods of collaboration. Emory Alas de un Mismo Pájaro, a Latinx performing and education dance group, performed during the award celebrations.

Dr. Malinda Lowery, Cahoon Family Professor of American History, shares her time with Dean Michel, “Beth is a trusted and generous leader. I am beyond thrilled that she has received this long overdue recognition for her work at Emory and in the Atlanta community. It demonstrates her remarkable impact.”

The most important thing Beth wanted others to take away from her experience is the vitality of community. She did not arrive at the podium alone but alongside the effects of her department, colleagues, students, and many others who strive with like-minded goals of the future. Ms. Beth urges others to find those communities to build themselves and others up.

Photo Essay Celebrating Second Annual Muscogee Teach-In 2023

On October 27, NAISI and delegates from the Mvskoke Etvlwv celebrated the Second Annual Muscogee Teach-In.

The Muscogee Teach-in opens with welcomes from Rev. Chebon Kernell, Tre’ Harp 25’C, Associate Dean Beth Michel, Mvhayv Eli Rowland, and Second Chief of the Muscogee Nation and his wife Del and Rhonda Beaver.

Mvhayv Jordan Squire and Carolyn McNac narratate Mvskoke stories while Mvhayv Eli Rowland acted them out. Audiences listened to these tales in Mvskoke joined to recite vocabulary and grammar like TOTKV (fire).

Emory students, staff, faculties, delegates of the Muscogee Nation, and guest sharing meals spanning multiple food customs for a shared plate.

Rev. Kernell and Mvhayv Eli Rowland led in contemporary and traditional Mvskoke hymns. The audience followed along in their brochures.

Artist Johnnie Diacon shares his childhood, what is meant for him to become an artist, his challenges and struggles of life, and how he was able to infuse those stories into his art.

Nikki Diacon selling her husband’s art after his interview. She informs buyers the stories and process of each work, sharing their greater meanings to Emory art lovers.

Everyone gathered at McDonough Field to learn the sacred roots and traditions surrounding Mvskoke stomp dance. Rev. Chebon Kernell led the song while representatives from the Muscogee Nation participated in the dance.

Rev. Chebon Kernell welcomed Emory community  in the Stomp Dance.

T 12/5 Arts and Social Justice Project Showcase: How to Become a Caretaker

Emory University’s Arts and Social Justice Fellows Program (ASJ) presents a project showcase and community conversation Tuesday, December 5 at the Switchyards Downtown Club. Doors open at 6 p.m. and programming begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, registration is preferred.

Inspired by faith in the power of art to open spaces for conversation, community-making, and collective action, the ASJ Program brings Atlanta artists into Emory classrooms to help students translate their learning into creative activism in the name of social justice. Each artist is paired with an Emory faculty member to co-teach an existing course and design a relevant creative project for their students to produce throughout the semester.

A key concern of the ASJ program is connecting Emory students to Atlanta, partnering with Atlanta’s artists to give our students tools to work for change in their communities. Bringing our projects off the Emory campus and into Switchyards Downtown is part of that: connecting students with others in the city we all share. The event program includes live dance, theatrical skits, musical and spoken word performances. Prior to the performances, attendees are invited to explore multimedia art installations created in collaboration with Emory students, artist fellows, and additional Atlanta-based artists.

Click here to register for the showcase. *Transportation assistance is offered to Emory student who register before December 1.*

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Place: Switchyards Downtown Club (151 Ted Turner Drive Northwest Atlanta, GA 30303)

Th 11/30 Lessons in Radical Noticing and Reparative History on Mvskoke Land

On November 30,  Artist Bird Harris and students from HIST-285: Intro to Native American History will be installing their semester-in-the-making project How to Become a Caretaker: Lessons in Radical Noticing and Reparative History on Mvskoke Land.  Click here to register for the event.

As part of Emory’s Art & Social Justice program, students in HIST 285 have been learning how to see landscapes as living historical records. We’d like to invite you to our culminating exhibition which features collaborative artworks that are lessons in radical noticing and reparative history on Mvskoke land.

Curatorial text written by Matowacipi Horse C’24:

Recognizing the land as a living historical record tells us a story of transformation. We cannot stand here in the present moment without asking ourselves who has sustained, preserved and protected this land. As guests in a history still being written, students in HIST 285: Introduction to Native American History have created this exhibition to manifest physicality and action to Emory’s Land Acknowledgment “…Emory seeks to honor the Muscogee Nation and other Indigenous caretakers of this land by humbly seeking knowledge of their histories and committing to respectful stewardship of the land.”

Under the careful guidance of Dr. Loren Michael Mortimer and Bird Harris through Emory’s Arts and Social Justice Fellowship, students have been supported in asking how art can be a tool for expression, colonial resistance and education.

“How To Become A Caretaker” features works by Licia Brown, Matowacipi Horse, Anish Jha, Lydia Levy, Royce Mann, Jaanaki Radhakrishnan, Ted Wilson, Floyd Woolen and Bird Harris.

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Place: White Hall, 301 Dowman Dr NE

F 11/24 First Voices – RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

The Second Annual First Voices Festival returns November 17-24, 2023. Events are family-friendly and everyone is welcome! Produced by 7 Stages in collaboration with Turtle Island Trading, Zintkala Zi PowWow, Little 5 Points Business Association and Plaza Theatre.

To cap off the events of First Voices Festival, a special screening of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World will be held at Plaza Theatre on November 24. This documentary shows the enormous influence Indigenous people have on Rock n’ Roll, using interviews and archival footage. Click here to read more and get a ticket.

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Place: Plaza Theatre Atlanta · The LeFont (#1)

Sat/Sun 11/18-19 First Voices Festival – PowWow

The Second Annual First Voices Festival returns November 17-24, 2023. Events are family-friendly and everyone is welcome! Produced by 7 Stages in collaboration with Turtle Island Trading, Zintkala Zi PowWow, Little 5 Points Business Association and Plaza Theatre.

For two days, November 18-19, the soccer field in Little 5 Points will be filled with dancers, musicians, vendors, and visitors to the only PowWow in the city of Atlanta. Indigenous people of many backgrounds will gather in the field to represent their cultures. The PowWow features a dance competition, performances by drummers, flutists, singers, and a variety of goods crafted by Indigenous artisans. To learn more about the event and get tickets for both days: click here.

— Grand Entry an Noon —
Emcee – Buffalo Yellowbird
Arena Director – Aaron Partin
Head Veteran – Paul Wilson
Headman – Johnny PostOak
Headlady – Nikki Crisp
Host Drum – Southern Pine
Native American Flute – Kyle Coatney

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Place: 1136 Austin Ave, NE Atlanta, GA 30307