Life Phase Series: ‘Celebrating Native American Heritage’ Nov. 12

To celebrate November as Native American Heritage Month, join Pazetta B. Mallette as she discusses the culture, contributions, little-known facts and current issues regarding Native Americans. The presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center demonstration kitchen.

Also included in this presentation will be information about traditions, clothing and the impact Native Americans had on the course of American history. A Nutrition Minute station will provide attendees with healthy traditional food made from vegetables known by indigenous groups as “the triad,” or “Three Sisters.”

Mallette, a Native American and black descendant, is from Boyce, Louisiana, but now claims Nashville as home. She received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. She was employed at Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Physics and taught at Tennessee State University in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Committed to giving back, Mallette volunteered at the Department of Veterans Affairs for 10 years and worked on the task force for the Davidson County Metropolitan Government Programs for the Disabled, where she served as a Tennessee delegate to the White House. Additionally, she has held the position of regent of the Belle Meade Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is a member of the National Society of Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims.

Mallette has served on the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center’s Advisory Committee. She was married to the late Dr. John M. Mallette Sr. and is the mother of three children: John Jr., Adelaide and Ann.

This event is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and open to the Vanderbilt community.

Contact: Marilyn Holmes, (615) 343-2638