Welcome
| March 16, 2010 | 2:17 pm | News | Comments closed

Welcome to the web site for the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)! Many thanks to Andrejs Ozolins for building and hosting this site for us. Thank you for visiting!

MRC started in 1987 and is a small, grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Ithaca, NY. We offer a number of programs and cultural celebrations throughout the year, diversity workshops and trainings, and a lending library with resources on undoing racism and diversity education. Please take a look around the site, and feel free to contact us at 607-272-2292 if you have any questions.

Audrey J. Cooper, Director

Fabina Colon, Program Educator

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First Peoples’ Festival & “Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row”~ Sep. 29th & Oct. 4th 2014~
| September 23, 2014 | 2:07 pm | News | No comments

A CELEBRATION OF INDIGENOUS CULTURE WITH TWO EVENTS:

Monday, September 29, 6:30pm A documentary @ Cinemapolis: “Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row” by Gwendolyn Cates with discussion after with Daygot Leeyos, Andy Mager & Donna Silversmith

$10 suggested (no one turned away!) With sponsorship by Ithaca Catholic Workers and Sara Pines

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Saturday, October 4th, First Peoles’ Festival @ Dewitt Park, downtown Ithaca,

10 am to 5:30 pm. 11 am  Traditional Opening by Cayugas

Welcome by Mayor Svante Myrick & Dan Hill, Cayuga Nation

Performances:

• Kontiwennenhawi – Akwesasne Women Singers

*Perry Ground, Traditional Stories

• Dan Hill, Cayuga, Flute

• Crow Weaver Band

• Emilio Benites, Peruvian, Zamponas

• Craig Luther, Diné, Flute

Children’s activities:

Amazing Pete’s balloon creations, storytelling, face painting, Home Depot building projects, corn husk doll making with Marcy & Bernadette Kane, Seneca Nation.

Arts & Crafts:  beadwork, paintings, clothing, lacrosse sticks, flutes, jewelry, silent auction; Peruvian weaving demonstration by Amador Benites.

Food Vendors:  corn soup, fry bread, tacos, vegan/vegetarian options

For more info contact: Audrey J Cooper   607.272.2292   www.multicultural-resource.org

FaceBook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/548501661944910/

Coordinated by: The Multicultural Resource Center.
Cosponsors: Cornell University, CU American Indian Program,  Ithaca College Center for the Study of Race Culture & Ethnicity, IC Event Services, TC Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cayuga Medical Center, Home Depot, Downtown Ithaca Alliance in partnership with Apple Harvest Festival. Funded in part by the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

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2014 MLK Jr Day of Celebration!
| January 14, 2014 | 6:19 pm | Uncategorized | Comments closed

An annual free community luncheon and celebration commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20th from 11:30-1:30pm at the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. We hope to see you there! Make it a day on, not a day off!

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Organized by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Center for Transformative Action, Cornell Public Service Center, Campus Life at Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Greenstar Cooperative Market, Greenstar Community Board, Ithaca College Office of Student Engagement & Multicultural Affairs, and community members.

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Re-Thinking Thanksgiving – Please join us!
| November 12, 2013 | 7:36 pm | Uncategorized | Comments closed


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SPONSORED BY CORNELL’S AMERICAN INDIAN PROGRAM, THE HISTORY CENTER, ITHACA CHILDREN’S GARDEN, AND MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER.

This lively, engaging, and content-based presentation will give an overview of the history of this very misunderstood holiday. Based on the only primary source documents that chronicle the “First Thanksgiving” and using a quiz-style format (everyone will ‘take’ the quiz as part of the program), participants will learn accurate and culturally appropriate information about the English settlers at Plimoth and the Wampanoag, the Native people who inhabited that area.

The presentation will discuss the actual events of 1621 including the feast, the relationship between the English settlers and the Wampanoag and how this story became the holiday we know today. The concept of thanksgiving held by many Native Americans will be emphasized throughout.

Although they were not present in Plymouth in 1621, connections to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) concepts of Thanksgiving will be discussed so students will understand how Native Peoples view Thanksgiving today.

Biography of Presenter – Perry Ground
Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been telling stories for over 20 years as a means of educating people about the culture, beliefs and history of the Haudenosaunee. Perry learned most of the stories he shares from the elders of various Native American communities and feels that practicing and perpetuating the oral traditions of Native people is an important responsibility.

Perry also gives presentations on a variety of aspects of Haudenosaunee history and culture. Sharing information in age-appropriate, engaging ways allows Perry to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Native People.

Professionally, Perry has worked in several museums including The Children’s Museum of Houston, Sainte Marie among the Iroquois, Shako:wi Cultural Center and Ganondagan State Historic Site. He has shared his stories in countless museums, libraries, classrooms, and festivals throughout the northeast and also has guest lectured at numerous colleges. Currently, Perry is the Project Director of the Native American Resource Center in Rochester, NY.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1420565818160206/

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First Peoples’ Festival ~ Saturday, October 5, 2013
| August 28, 2013 | 7:02 pm | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

fpf12-button-2_25MRC’s First Peoples’ Festival ~ Saturday, October 5th, 2013, Dewitt Park, downtown Ithaca, 10 am to 5:30 pm. 

Start spreading the word to families and friends. Thank you.


11 am Traditional opening by Tadodaho Sid Hill, Onondaga; welcome by Mayor Svante Myrick and Dan Hill, Cayuga Nation

Performances by:
• Cattaraugus Singers and Dancers
• Dan Hill, Cayuga, Flute
• Irma-Estel Laquerre, Taina/Aztec/Tarasco – Stories
• Emilio Benites, Peruvian, Flute
• Atsiaktonkie, Mohawk Musician

More details coming…..

Children’s activities include Amazing Pete and his incredible balloon creations, water drums, building projects led by Home Depot staff, face painting and more.

We welcome Indigenous vendors (no fees charged) and if interested please contact Audrey J. Cooper, 607-272-2292 or ajc39@cornell.edu.

The festival is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center, Cornell University and the CU American Indian Program, Ithaca College Center for the Study of Race, Culture and Ethnicity and its Native American Studies Program, Ithaca College Event Services, Home Depot and Downtown Ithaca Alliance in partnership with the Apple Harvest Festival. The festival is funded in part by the Community Arts Partnership and the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

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