CMU to host award-winning musician Supaman to open Native American Heritage Month events

Supaman blends hip-hop and traditional Native American music


Award-winning hip-hop and indigenous artist Supaman is scheduled to do a live performance at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Plachta Auditorium in Warriner Hall. The event is free and open to the public. 

Central Michigan University will be hosting a live performance from Supaman at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Plachta Auditorium in Warriner Hall. This event is free and open to the public. 

“Supaman,” born Christian Takes Gun Parrish, is a member of the Apsáalooke tribe. He is a Native American dancer and award-winning hip-hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering and spreading a message of hope, pride and resilience through his original art form. He mixes traditional Native American Music with hip-hop to spread his message.

Supaman has released five solo albums to date: "Honest God" (2007), "Crow Hop" (2008), "Deadly Penz" (2009), "Gorilla" (2013) and "Illuminatives" (2016). 

His career highlights include winning a Native American Music Award in 2005 (for Outstanding Hip-Hop Album) under the Native American hip-hop group he founded – Rezawrecktion, receiving the Aboriginal Peoples Music Choice Award and being named MTV Artist of the Week in March 2014. 

November is Native American Heritage month. CMU Native American Program (NAP) describes the month as,“A time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people." Native American Heritage month also creates a foundation for people to learn about the challenges and struggles that Native peoples have and still face today, both societal and systemic.

Supaman's live performance is only one of the numerous events on campus for the month. Others include but are not limited to: 

  • Black Ash Basket Weaving Workshop
    • 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 15  at Bovee University center *exact location sent after registering for the event*

Learn how to create a black ash basket and hear stories behind Indigenous art with Josh and Sarah Homminga. Registration on Engage central is required for this event. 

  • Soup & Substance: Anishinaabemowin As It Relates To The World
    • Noon Nov. 16 at Powers Ballroom 

"Anishinaabemowin As It Relates To The World," presented by Isabelle Osawamic will explore the Anishinaabemowin language and how it connects to the world in various facets such as nature and living health. 

  • Powwow Dance Presentation and Workout
    • Noon Nov. 30 at Mac gym 1 in the Student Activity Center

Learn about various pow wow dance styles. Immediately following the presentation, prepare to be active and incorporate dance moves in a workout led by North American Indigenous Student Organization (NAISO) members.

There are many more events going on this month which can be viewed on Engage Central.