Native American Running: Culture, Health, Sport

Date: 

Apr 15, 2016, 1:30 pm

Location: 

Various
Courtney Lewis (Mojave and Hopi), member of the Wings Cross Country Championship National Team. Courtesy: Wings of America
Courtney Lewis (Mojave and Hopi), member of the Wings Cross Country Championship National Team. Courtesy: Wings of America

Coinciding with both the 2016 Boston Marathon and with the 80th anniversary of Ellison Myers “Tarzan” Brown, Sr. (Narragansett) winning the Marathon in 1936, this multi-day event will explore the history and importance of Native American running traditions, present efforts to support and encourage running in Native American communities today, and promote the many benefits of running. This event will include talks, panel discussions at the Boston Marathon Expo, and youth/community activities. 

Presented in collaboration with the Boston Athletic Association, Harvard University Native American Program, Office of the Provost, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University 

 

Friday, April 15, 1:30–5:00 PM

Harvard University Science Center Hall C

1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Native American Running Conference; Free and open to the public; No registration necessary; Complimentary parking at the 52 Oxford St. Garage from noon to 7 pm on Friday, April 15.

1:30 pm  

Welcoming Remarks by Jane Pickering, Executive Director, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture; Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America at Harvard University and Siobhan J. Brown (Mashpee Wampanoag)Linguist in Residence/Teacher in Training, Mukayuhsak Weekuw, Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project

1:45 pm

Keynote Conversation between Billy Mills and Oren Lyons, moderated by Megan Hill (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), Director of Honoring Nations, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School.

Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), Olympic Gold Medalist, National Spokesperson and Founder, Running Strong for American Indian Youth

Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, Chief of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois

 

2:35  pm

Presentations and Panel Discussion

Moderator: Shelly C. Lowe (Diné), Executive Director, Harvard University Native American Program

Speakers

Daniel E. Lieberman, Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences, Harvard University
Evolution of Native American Running

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi), Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois
A Hopi Showdown on Second Mesa

Alyssa Mt. Pleasant (Tuscarora), Assistant Professor of Native American Studies, University of Buffalo, 2015-16 Radcliffe Institute Fellow
Frank Mt. Pleasant: Tuscarora Athlete, Carlisle Alumnus

Chris Sockalexis (Penobscot), Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Penobscot Nation
The Influence of Andrew Sockalexis in the Penobscot Community
 

3.40 pm

Break


3.55 pm

Presentations and Panel Discussion

Moderator: Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run and Natural-Born Heroes

Speakers

Tleena Ives (Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe), marathon runner
S'Klallam Strong, from Little Boston to Boston

Irma Chávez Cruz (Rarámuri) and Arnulfo Quimare (Rarámuri), long distance runners, with translation by Mickey Mahaffey
Rarámuri: Los de Pies Ligeros 

Dustin Martin (Diné), Program Director, Wings of America
Protecting and Promoting the Legacy of American Indian Long-Distance Champions

Philip P. Arnold, Associate Professor, Religion-Native American Studies, Syracuse University
Indigenous Ceremonial Dimensions of the Games We Love

 

Saturday, April 16    

11:00 AM   
Session at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, Hynes Convention Center. Free and open to the public.

Billy Mills

Noon
Session at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, Hynes Convention Center. Free and open to the public.

Moderator: Daniel E. Lieberman, Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences, Harvard University

Christopher McDougall, runner, author of Born to Run and Natural Born Heroes

Irma Chávez Cruz (Rarámuri)

Chris Sockalexis (Penobscot), Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Penobscot Nation

Rob de Castella, 1986 Boston Marathon champion and a leader of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation in Australia  

 

Monday, April 18

Native runners scheduled to run the Marathon. Free and open to the public.

Irma Chávez Cruz (Rarámuri, 25) lives in Chihuahua, Mexico, and is the mayor (gobernadora) of her community. She is also the leader of her state’s office for indigenous affairs (Secretaria de Acción Indígena) and is working with the Chihuahua Institute of Culture to develop a lexicon of her people’s language. A long-distance runner, Chávez holds a master’s degree in ecology from the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua.  

Arnulfo Quimare, (Rarámuri, 34) lives in Soriachique with his wife and four children. He works as a farmer, goat herder and runner. Since the age of 18 he has been the premier rarajipari runner, the traditional Rarámuri (Tarahumara) ball race. He has also won many ultramarathons, and achieved international fame when he beat Scott Jurek in a 50-mile canyon race as recorded in the book Born to Run

Wings of America runners

Running Strong for American Indian Youth runners

Indigenous Marathon Association runners

 

Honor runners:

Dale Lolar (Penobscot) Honoring Andrew Sockalexis (Penobscot), who ran second in the 1912 and 1913 Boston Marathons.

William Winnie, honoring his great grandfather, 1907 Boston Marathon Champion Tom Longboat (Onondaga Six Nations)

Mikki Wosencroft (Narragansett), honoring "Tarzan" Brown