The Zowie Banteah Cultural Center

The Purpose of the Zowie Banteah Cultural Center

The Zowie Banteah Cultural Center, commonly known as “the Zowie”, promotes visibility and empowerment for Native American and communities of Indigenous people by providing space for dialogue, interaction, and community in the Mount Holyoke College community. Seen as a home away from home for many students, the Zowie welcomes all, while centering the voices and lived experiences of Indigenous peoples.

Advisor: Latrina Denson, Associate Dean of Students for Community and Inclusion

History of the Zowie Banteah Cultural Center

The Zowie Banteah Center was opened in 1995 under its original name Native Spirit and was later renamed in 1997 to honor an alumna who was instrumental in its founding. This house creates a cozy environment for Native American that fosters sharing stories about life or words of encouragement and advice.

The Zowie Banteah Cultural Center
Photo of the Eliana Ortega and Zowie Banteah House

The Zowie Banteah Cultural Center is located at 4 Dunlap Place, near Kendall Sports and Dance Complex.

Marita Banda

For more information about the Zowie Banteah Cultural Center, contact Marita-Banda ’21, Cultural Center Assistant for the Zowie.

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