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Winter Tales Program: How the West Was Spun

Event Type
Lecture
Topic
american indians
Sponsor
Spurlock Museum; the Illinois Arts Council Agency
Location
Spurlock Museum
Date
Feb 20, 2020   7:00 pm  
Speaker
Dovie Thomason
Cost
free
Contact
Beth Watkins
E-Mail
spurlock-museum@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-2360
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Originating Calendar
Spurlock Museum - General

Storyteller and activist Dovie Thomason (Lakota, Apache and Scot descent) uses her indigenous ancestry to weave an epic story that deconstructs the phenomenon of Buffalo Bill Cody’s 1880s “Wild West” spectacle, which depicted Indians, buffalo, and horses, pursued by cowboys, cavalry, and publicists seeking a “New World to conquer.” Over a century later, Thomason upgrades Cody’s so-called history lesson in her insightful, wise and unsparing performance, reframing this narrative through Native experience.

This talk is part of the Spurlock Museum’s 18th annual Winter Tales celebration honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. Also included in this year’s events are a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings and a talk on the American Indian boarding school experience. Visit the Museum’s online events calendar for dates and times. All events are free.

This event is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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