Park University Hosting American Indian Experiences Events

Friday, August 1, 2014


Aug. 1, 2014 — As part of a series of events celebrating the Platte County, Mo., 175th anniversary, Park University is hosting two weekends of discovery, dialogue and demonstrations on American Indian experiences.

The first weekend, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 and 16, will include events focusing on the Platte Purchase agreement that added land to the State of Missouri and resulted in the relocation of the Ioway Indians and other tribes. The second weekend, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23, will be devoted to Native Americans living in contemporary society who are committed to renewing, preserving and celebrating their heritage. Events scheduled are:

Friday, Aug. 15, 7 to 9 p.m. — Screening/Discussion of “Lost Nation: The Ioway 2”
Emmy-nominated film producers, directors and writers Kelly and Tammy Rundle, both Park University graduates (1986 and 1988, respectively), will introduce their documentary film in which Ioway elders and tribal members join American Indian scholars, anthropologists and archaeologists to tell the dramatic and true story of the small tribe that once claimed the territory between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Discussion with Greg Olson and Joyce Big Soldier
The producers of “Lost Nation: The Ioway 2” will be the featured guests. Historian Greg Olson, author of The Ioway in Missouri, will speak about the history of the Platte Purchase and the relocation of the Ioways to a reservation near White Cloud, Kan. Tribal elder Joyce Big Soldier of the Iowa of Oklahoma tribe, will share how she maintains the rigid structure of traditional customs and lifeways. She will tell the “Creation Story” and show her “Buffalo Box.” In addition, Ioways featured in the film, including tribal elder Pete Fee, Lance Foster, and Nate and Duane Scates, will display Indian regalia, play drums and discuss their culture.

Friday, Aug. 22, 7 to 9 p.m. — Screening/Discussion of “Will Still Live Here – As Nutayuneân”
View the heartwarming, inspiring documentary about the native Wampanoag people, and how they brought back their long-lost language, spurred on by indomitable linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird. The film tells the remarkable story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag tribe of southeast Massachusetts, whose ancestors ensured the survival of the Pilgrims in New England. In addition, Gil Nichols, a guide at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., who has a lifelong interest in American Indian history and culture, will lead a discussion after the film.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Discussions/Performances of American Indian Experiences
The day will include a variety of discussions, demonstrations and performances.
          •  10 a.m. — Nichols will show and describe unique and interesting Native American artifacts.
          •  11 a.m. — Turtle Island’s “Singing Bird” Deborah “Dee” White Eye, a Saginaw Chippewa, will entertain with songs and stories, and talk about current events involving Native Americans.
          •  Noon — Members of the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance will perform dances and demonstrate Native American regalia.
          •  1 p.m. — A discussion of contemporary American Indian issues, led by members of the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance.
          •  1:45 p.m. — Local Cherokee TerryLee Whetsone, Indie Music Channel’s 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year, will show and play the American Indian flutes he creates, and tell the history of flutes.
          •  2 p.m. — 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, and 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 of criminal justice at Park and organizer of the American Indian Experiences events, at carol.getty@gmail.com or (816) 741-7130.


Please note: McCoy Meetin’ House has restricted physical access. Park University wants to make available to everyone access to all programs and activities conducted in this building. Requests for physical access accommodations should be addressed in a timely manner to Park University’s Office of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444. Park University will make all reasonable modifications to ensure that individuals with physical challenges have an equal opportunity to enjoy all programs and activities.