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first_imgStudents from the New Kituwah Academy language immersion school in Cherokee will be visiting the campus of Western Carolina University on Wednesday, April 4, to present their annual Youth Powwow for the university’s students, faculty and staff and for local residents.The event, featuring traditional Cherokee songs and dances, will be hosted by WCU’s Cherokee Center and take place from 10 a.m. until noon on the lawn at WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center. Booths will be set up to sell authentic Cherokee crafts and food.In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Grandroom at the University Center.WCU’s interdisciplinary learning theme for 2017-18 is “Cherokee: Community. Culture. Connections.” A number of events have been held on campus during the academic year to provide the university community with an opportunity to learn about Cherokee traditions, history and culture.“Our hope in hosting this signature theme event is to expose our students, faculty and staff to an accurate depiction of both our Cherokee culture and other contemporary cultural aspects of powwow celebrations,” said Sky Sampson, director of the Cherokee Center and an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.“WCU has the honor of working with over 55 Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian students every semester and more than 100 Native students across other tribal affiliates. This is why it is so important to educate others about the culture on campus,” Sampson said.New Kituwah Academy, established by the Eastern Band for preschool through fifth-grade students, works to preserve the Cherokee language through the teaching of children. “While the numbers of fluent Cherokee speakers have dwindled, our language advocates from all three Cherokee tribes refer to the language as ‘the fire that represents the center of our nation,’” Sampson said.For more information, contact Sampson at [email protected] or 828-497-7920.last_img read more

first_imgRoad crews are out again in Columbia and other parts of mid-Missouri, working to clear away some historic snowfall.Columbia Regional Airport picked up a record for Nov. 11 of 1.1″. Three-to-four inches fell in town.The Highway Patrol alone reported 118 crashes in mid-Missouri’s Troop F. Ten people were hurt.The National Weather Service reports we hit 7 degrees on Tuesday morning. That breaks the record low for Nov. 12 of 9 degrees set in 1911.Columbia Public Schools and dozens of other districts decided to either start late Tuesday or cancel classes. See that list here.(This story was last updated at 8:12 a.m. Tuesday.)last_img read more

first_imgDubai, Mar 8 (PTI) Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has thrown his weight behind the ICC Womens World Cup 2017, saying one who doesnt watch the womens game is not a true cricket fan. “I guess he is not a cricket fan,” Tendulkar said, when asked what would he say to a cricket fan who wouldnt consider going to a womens game. “If you are a true cricket fan, you need to get there in the middle and watch that action. They are skillful players, they are competitive, they fight hard and in the right spirit. Then why wouldnt you want to be there? I think you need a closer look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself some strong question that are you a cricket fan or cricket lover. If yes, then you better be there.” To celebrate the launch of the tournament schedule on International Womens Day, Tendulkar was introduced as the UNICEF and Cricket For Good Ambassador for the ICC Womens World Cup 2017. He said agreeing to get involved was an easy decision. “International Womens Day is something special and the World Cup is a massive occasion; the biggest event in cricket and I believe that women are for sport and sport is for women. The two should go hand in hand and thats the reason Im extending my support. The competitiveness and fierce competitions we will see is something we can all enjoy at the Womens World Cup and something everyone can appreciate,” he said. Tendulkar reflected on the increasing strength across the competing nations, but admitted he couldnt look past India in the upcoming competition, which the team qualified for by winning the Womens World Cup Qualifier in Colombo last month. “This World Cup is going to be competitive. I have witnessed a few games and I know for sure that Australia, South Africa, England, New Zealand, they all are competitive teams, but my heart is with India,” he said. “India has got a solid competitive team and a couple of players I have followed and interacted with ? (Jhulan) Goswami and Mithali Raj. So, all in all, I think this is going to be a great tournament. Lets wait and enjoy cricket and I know for sure that people will not be disappointed at all.” Tendulkar felt it was unfair to compare mens cricket with womens cricket, and stressed the need to enjoy each format independently. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more