Native American Heritage Celebration – November 5

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Gyasi Ross (www.gyasi-ross.com)

Join YSU Student Activities in welcoming speaker Gyasi Ross to celebrate Native American Heritage, history, and current trends.

Gyasi Ross is an author, speaker and storyteller. Gyasi comes from the Blackfeet Nation and resides on the Port Madison Indian Reservation near Seattle. TV and radio programs and print and online publications regularly seek his input on politics, sports, pop culture and the intersections thereof with Native life.

Ross is the author of Don’t Know Much About Indians (but I wrote a book about us anyways) (2011) and How to Say I Love You in Indian (2014). “I come from a family of storytellers. My family tells long stories, drinking coffee and blowing smoke in your face. It just fit for me to tell stories, and then I started writing them.” He is in demand as a speaker on race, social justice and white privilege as well as issues specifically affecting contemporary Native Americans and guests on MSNBC, ESPN, Democracy Now and radio shows nationwide. Ross writes for the Huffington Post, Indian Country Today, Deadspin and Gawker. Ross has also released a spoken word/hip hop CD titled “Isskootsik (Before Here was Here)” on Cabin Games Records.

You can follow Gyasi Ross on Facebook at http://facebook.com/gyasirossauthor on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bigindiangyasi and on Instagram at http://instagram.com/bigindiangyasi.

When: November 5 from 5 to 7 PM
Where: Kilcawley Center – Chestnut Room