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News Release
 
11/11/09

Speaker Matthew Sitting Bear Jones to Commemorate Native American Heritage Month at PSC Nov. 17

 

(Peru, Neb.) In celebration of November as Native American Heritage Month, Peru State College (PSC) today announced that Matthew Sitting Bear Jones will share the stories of his people at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the College Theatre, located at the south end of Hoyt Science Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Sitting Bear Jones is a Kiowa/Otoe-Missouria Indian of Oklahoma and has been involved in the revival of the rich oral tradition of storytelling for more than 20 years. He received an Associate’s degree from Haskell Indian Junior College, a Bachelor's degree from Wichita State University and a Master's degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in anthropology and adult education. Sitting Bear Jones has worked on many television scripts for NET Television and has won several awards for his work. He has also served as a consultant on films, including Dances with Wolves.

Sitting Bear Jones tells the stories, tales and legends of Set-Angia. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, these stories reveal the Kiowa vision of the world from the time of Creation to the coming of the white man. Attired in native dress, Sitting Bear Jones acquaints his audiences with the thinking and customs of the Kiowa people, including legends such as why the crow is black and how the coyote got his yell.

Sitting Bear Jones’ appearance is being sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau and the Durham Museum’s Scholars in Residence Initiative, which is an educational outreach program developed to promote academic enrichment in area schools and community organizations for all age levels (K-12, college and adults).