Park University welcomes Indian Tribal Elders, Indian Leaders, noted historians, and award-winning film producers this month as part of the American Indian Experiences – Two Weekends of Discovery, Dialogue and Demonstrations (scheduled for August 15-16th/August 22-23rd at the Meetin’ House at Park University in Parkville, MO).
As a Platte County 175th Anniversary Event, American Indian Experiences delves in to the Platte Purchase which created Platte County in 1838 and its corresponding effect on the Indian tribes who once owned the land (Ioway, Sac and Fox).
The first weekend (August 15-16th) focuses on the Ioway Indian Tribe’s relocation and suffered hardship through the past century. Notable historians and Tribal Elders will discuss the establishment of a second Ioway Tribe and their own “trail of tears”. Indian regalia, artifacts and demonstrations will be featured both days.
Kelly and Tammy Rundle (both graduates of Park University and Emmy-nominated film producers, directors, and writers) will introduce their documentary “Lost Nation: The Ioway 2” prior to screening (7pm on August 15th and 10am on August 16th). Discussion and Q&A will follow the film both days.
The second weekend (August 22-23rd) focuses on Native Americans living in contemporary society and committed to renewing, preserving and celebrating their heritage. Highlights include the August 22nd (7pm) viewing of the award-winning film “We Still Live Here – As Nutayunean” which tells the remarkable story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag Tribe of SE Massachusetts. Gil Nichols, guide at the Nelson-Atkins Museum and who has a lifelong interest in American Indian history, will lead a discussion after the film.
The final day of American Indian Experiences (Saturday, August 23rd) features a variety of discussions, demonstrations and performances. Performers scheduled include local Cherokee TerryLee Whetsone, Indie Music Channel’s 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year, who will play the American Indian flutes he creates and tell the history of flutes. Don Nieto, a silversmith, artist and sculptor from the Santo Domingo tribe of New Mexico, will talk about the Pueblo tribes and show some of his creations. All events are free and open to the public. All events will be held inside the McCoy Meetin’ House on Park University’s Parkville Campus, 8700 NW River Park Drive. For more information, contact Carol Getty, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Park University and organizer of the American Indian Experiences, at email@example.com or (816) 741-7130.