South Central College holding Hoop Dancing Exhibition for Native American Heritage Month

(November 12, 2015) - South Central College (SCC) will hold a Hoop Dancing Exhibition on Thursday, November 19 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the North Mankato Campus Conference Center. The event is in observance of National Native American Heritage Month, also referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

Dr. Amy Magnus, a MnSCU-accredited American Indian Studies instructor at SCC, planned the exhibition, which includes a Native American student dancing accompanied by a drummer. Native American Hoop Dance is a form of storytelling dance, incorporating 30 or more hoops, used to create static and dynamic shapes, or formations, representing various animals, symbols and storytelling elements. It is generally performed by a solo dancer with many hoops. 

Also as part of Native American Heritage Month, SCC’s American Indian Studies class and others recently traveled to Minneopa State Park to eat over a campfire and drive through the range to view buffalo, following a unit where they learned about this animal’s importance to the Plains tribes.

South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. American Indian Studies courses are part of the college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences programs, which enable students to earn their two-year Associate of Arts degree from SCC and transfer those credits to a four-year university to purse their Bachelor’s degree.  SCC also offers 50 technical and professional programs, with these students benefiting from expert instruction in their career field, along with liberal arts and sciences courses pertinent to their particular career area. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.