Native American Heritage Month at NMSU-A

NMSU-A Web Developer | October 30, 2013

On Thursday, November 7, NMSU-A will hold a celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The festivities begin in the Townsend Library at 10:00 a.m. with a museum display, followed at 11:00 a.m. with Ms. Virginia Benally of the Mescalero Tribe providing a storytelling session complete with artifacts like cradle boards, baskets, etc. whose significance will be explained during the storytelling. Also performing will be a young flautist.
The campus patio will be the central staging area at noon. Patio festivities open with the singing of the National Anthem in Navajo. Members of tribal “royalty” will be introduced along with Joseph Foy, the actor who played the young Tonto in the most recent Lone Ranger movie. (Sorry, ladies. Johnny Depp will not be here with Joseph Foy.)

Beginning at 12:15, we will be honored by a series of performances, including drum performance, fancy dancers, jingle dancers, chicken dancers, and Apache war dance.

During the entire time under the canopy and in the Glass House, Native American crafts (woodwork, beadwork, bracelets, feather artwork, etc.) will be for sale. Fry bread will also be available.

Townsend Library

  • 10:00 am Mescalero Museum Exhibits
  • 11:00 am Native American Story Teller
  • 11:30 am Native American Flute Player



  • 12:00 pm Welcome and Introductions
  • 2:15 pm The National Anthem in Navajo
  • 12:20 pm Native American Dancers and Drum Group
  • And more… Joseph Foy, “Little Tonto” from the “Lone Ranger” movie, Royalty, both braves and princesses from Mescalero, Ruidoso and Tularosa.
  • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm vendors selling arts, crafts, and fry bread!


Faculty members please provide this information to the students in your classes.


The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend!


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