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Maharishi School students invite Native Americans for peace exchange

The Review, Vol 19, #11, March 3, 2004    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
3 March 2004

A Cultural Peace Exchange planned for March 19-21 will bring 100-200 Native American high school students to the Fairfield community. Events will include a public concert by Kevin Locke, who is known throughout the world as a visionary hoop dancer, preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist, and educator.

The event is being organized by the Students Creating Peace Network, a student club at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment. The students are inviting representatives from Native American high schools in the Dakotas, Iowa, and Nebraska, and from Native American boys and girls clubs nationwide.

The goal of the weekend is to exchange ideas among students regarding creating peace in school, in society, and around the world, said Tim Hoehner, the student club advisor who is helping to organize the event.

Mr. Hoehner said that students are inviting Native Americans because they represent an indigenous culture in the region that, like Vedic culture, cherishes wisdom and the connection between man and nature.

The students hope to create a bridge between the Maharishi University of Management community and the Native American community that will promote higher education in the truest sense.

Mr. Hoehner said that of particular importance is the opportunity to show that there is a model of education that develops self-sufficiency, which he feels the Native Americans will appreciate because of their current reliance on the government.

The students will be accompanied by faculty and academic advisors, and tentative plans are to offer a seminar to this group as well.

The students will meet together on Saturday and will break into groups to discuss peace and to make a mural. Guest speakers will include Native Americans and University faculty. Other plans include sports and other games. All events on Saturday will be only for the students.

The Sunday events, including Kevin Locke, will be open to the public. Other activities may include students giving presentations on the outcomes of their meetings and discussions, a Native American drumming group, student dancers, and a small pow wow.

In recent weeks Maharishi School students have traveled to Native American high schools to personally invite the students to attend.

Copyright 2004, Maharishi University of Management

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