From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 students will be able to decorate bison shaped cookies in the cafeteria and Bethany College mascot Boomer the Bison will be available during meals for pictures and to encourage students, faculty and staff to “vote bison.”
The “vote bison” campaign is part of an initiative sponsored by the International Buffalo Council, the National Bison Association and the Wildlife Conservation Society that aims to see the bison elected as the national mammal. The initiative believes the iconic bison is impeccably qualified to join the bald eagle as a symbol of the United States. As the largest land mammal in the country, the bison helped shape the Great Plains and the lifestyle of the Native Americans who lived there. Bison have been important for centuries to history and culture, and today, they live in all 50 states. Bethany College and its long-standing tradition as a bison community is proud to be a partner of this campaign. More information can be found at www.votebison.org.
The college will also be participating in decorating a bison cut-out where students will work in teams to dress and decorate a large bison cut-out which will then be displayed around campus during Family Weekend. In addition, the college is excited to bring members of the renowned Piscataway Indian Nation to campus at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Phillips Hall. This event will be open to the public and will serve to educate attendees on the importance of the bison within Native American culture. The Piscataway Indian Nation will also give an authentic American Indian dance, drum and song performance.
The Piscataway Indian Nation is famous for their internationally-recognized living history program. They conduct workshops, present lectures and perform authentic American Indian dance, drum and song. From Tayac Territory near Port Tobacco, Md., Mark Tayac and the Piscataway Nation Singers and Dancers travel throughout Europe, Canada and the United States with one of the most colorful, artful and educational programs in the country. In addition to movie appearances with actor Kevin Costner in “Dances With Wolves,” the Piscataway Indian Nation Singers and Dancers are frequent contributors to television specials on both the History Channel and Discovery Channel. Appearing regularly at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian, national pow-wows, major festivals and colleges across the country, the Piscataway Nation Singers and Dancers welcome the opportunity to educate and entertain audiences who want to learn more about Native American history, culture and contemporary issues.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.