ARLINGTON - The
University of Texas at Arlington Native American Students Association will present
its “This is not a Costume” program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in College Hall, Room
106, 600 S. West Street.
Members will show
off American Indian dress, which includes elaborate homemade regalia. Some of
the items are brand new and other clothing was passed down through generations.
presentation, members hope to educate people about American Indian history. “We want to
educate because there’s so much misunderstanding and misrepresentation in the media,”
said Debra Foldoe, a UT Arlington graduate nursing student who is a descendant
of the Chippewa tribe. People often think
American Indians wore costumes for show, but Foldoe says: “This is personal.
It’s part of our culture. This is not a costume.”
The campus group
only has 15 to 20 members, but Texas has a sizable American Indian community.
About 119,000 Native Americans live in Texas, about 0.5 percent of the state
population. About 0.8 percent
of Americans identified as American Indian or Alaskan Native in the 2000
Census, the highest percentage ever recorded, according to the U.S. Census
Bureau. At least six tribes will be represented at the program and all ages are
The “This is not a
Costume” program is free and open to the public. Visit this link
for a map and directions to College Hall.
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