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A Peek Into the American Indian Way of Life Through Their History and Oral Traditions

Monday, 09 November, 2020 @ 06:30 PM | Cost:free

This program is one of several events planned as part of The Big Read, a grant program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on The Big Read programs being held throughout East Central Illinois, visit https://library.eiu.edu/bigread.

Presented by Kim McIver Sigafus
Nov. 9, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., virtual event
Free and open to the public

This presentation will invite people into the world of the American Indian to discover what it once was to be Native, and what it means to be Native now. An Ojibwa, Kim will be dressed in her traditional Native regalia, and will present on Native culture through oral traditions, language, and history. She will discuss Native encampment life and will drum and sing an Ojibwa lullaby. There will be a Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Livestreamed from the Doudna Fine Arts Center at https://youtu.be/n_PFiLZ212o.

About the Presenter:

Kim Sigafus is an internationally published award-winning Ojibwa author and speaker. Her family is from White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. Kim’s Ojibwa name, Bekaadiziikwe, means “Quiet Woman.”

In her Native regalia, Kim has presented Native American programs at venues across the Midwest. The genres she writes include romance, children’s picture books and plays, as well as Native American fiction and non-fiction. When she’s not working, she makes dream catchers and Talking Feathers, and drums and sings.

She resides in Freeport, Illinois with husband Andy and their two dogs, Animosh and Miika.

 This program was funded by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining, and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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