Diné College Season of Giving Endeavors Language, Culture, and Arts Preservation
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November 9, 2021
TSAILE, Ariz.— Diné College is kicking off their Season of Giving campaign with the annual Virtual Art Auction beginning November 08, 2021 followed by The Warrior Day of Giving and Power of Education Winter Blanket Sale.
2021 Annual Virtual Art Auction
The College’s annual Virtual Art Auction is now live and will last through November 30, 2021. Art donors consist of local well-known artists, students, and graduates of Diné College. View the auction at http://bidpal.net/dinecollege2021.
Warrior Day of Giving
The College also participates in the National Day of Giving, or Warrior Day of Giving, which will take place on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. The Warrior Day of Giving is an online giving event that provides the Navajo Nation and beyond an opportunity to come together and give their time, skills, expertise and resources to bring change to our communities. Learn more here: www.dinecollege.edu/warrior-day-of-giving/
“Power Of Education” Blanket Sale
Diné College will also be offering the “Power of Education” blanket sale. The Power of Education signature wool blanket was designed by Diné College student, Anthony Gary Williams, and was commissioned to Eighth Generation, a Native-owned and operated company. Purchase a Power of Education blanket for $100 online at www.dinecollege.edu/blanket/, or in person at the Diné College Bookstore at the Tsaile main campus, or call (928) 724-6672 to make a purchase over the phone.
In the spirit of giving, the Diné College Staff Association recently organized a Fall Coat Drive for local families as well as a Senior Citizen Gift Bag Donation for elders from the Tsaile, Wheatfields and Black Rock communities. The College acknowledges and appreciates the teachings and importance of our elders and community members.
Diné College continues to fulfill the founder’s vision of providing quality education to perpetuate and sustain the Diné language and culture. The College remains dedicated to and practices Diné language, culture, and arts preservation on a daily basis. Diné College’s School of Diné Studies and Education offers language and culture classes. Also offered is a Bachelor of Fine Arts programs with emphases in Navajo Silversmithing, weaving, traditional painting, and more.
Diné College’s Season of Giving fundraising efforts provide students with scholarship opportunities and other incentives, such as tutoring and internships. Diné College promotes language, culture, and arts preservation through offering accessibility to quality education at a tribal college rooted in Diné philosophy.
“Preserving traditional Diné culture and life ways is a responsibility we all have as Diné. I have a firm belief in passing on the language, historical and oral traditions, and what we deem sacred, even in the arts,” said Diné College Adjunct Professor and Museum Curator, Nonabah Sam.
“Art is not just an expression of emotions, but it is also a forgotten natural resource. Much of the elements come from the earth, when we are in the midst of creating something, it starts to tell our stories of the land and the stars, it connects our spirit to what we see when we create beautiful pieces, by hand,” said Nonabah Sam. “Most often the pieces become a life of their own and more like traditional art, they significance in the purpose becomes greater.”
Donating to Diné College provides students with an equal opportunity to obtain a quality education while also practicing language, culture and arts preservation. Diné College is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your contribution is tax deductible. We hope that donors will be inspired to give this season.
Checks and money orders made payable to Diné College can be mailed to:
Attn: Season of Giving
P.O. Box C08
Tsaile, AZ 86556
Diné College is a four-year tribal college located on the Navajo reservation with six campuses and two microsites across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah and primarily serves Navajo students. The school offers 20 bachelor degrees, 16 associate degrees, and 6 certificate programs. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College, established in 1968, is the first tribal college and was formerly named Navajo Community College.
Jazzmine D. Martinez, Interim Marketing & Communications Officer
Dillon Nopah, Videographer