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Singing Bird and the Importance of Native American Women in Illinois History

Full image of Kim Sigafus in Native Regalia
photo by Bill Delp Studio

A Road Scholar Program by Kim Sigafus

Dressed in her native regalia, Kim will be giving a history of the natives in Illinois with a focus on native women, or what was considered “The Hidden Half.” Her primary focus will be women such as Singing Bird (Blackhawk’s wife), and Hononegah.

Kim will bring the audience into these women’s day-to-day lives, including courting, marriage, and child-rearing. She will also talk about their role in their husbands’ lives, and how those lives affected the history of Illinois.

Kim will bring native items that women would have used in their daily lives, as she discusses the role women played within the family unit. The audience will be able to pick up and view the items, learn native language and music, and get the chance to play the drum in this interactive experience.

Location Details

The Francis Stupey Log Cabin is located on Saint Johns Avenue between Laurel and Hazel Avenues. If there is inclement weather or too hot, then the event will move to the Highland Park Public Library at 494 Laurel Avenue.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Catherine Lambrecht at

Learn more about Kim Sigafus, this program, and how to book it.