Presentation - Journeying Through The American Indian Way of Life

In this presentation, Kim takes the audience through the American Indian way of life as it once was.

Kim talks about the tribes that once inhabited Illinois and does a brief history of the Trail of Tears as it pertains to those tribes. She’ll take an in-depth look at a typical day in the life of a Native in the early 1800’s and discusses how many of those traditions are still relevant today. Native harvest, music, courting, marriage, and more will be discussed.

A question-and-answer period will follow.

Program Topics

  • History
  • Storytelling
  • Native American

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About Road Scholar Kim Sigafus McIver

Kim is an award-winning Ojibwa author from Freeport, IL. Her family is from White Earth Reservation, which is in the northwest corner of Minnesota. Kim writes Native American fiction and non-fiction as well as YA and children’s books. She has a degree in Theater and Vocal Music, drums and sings, and crafts dream catchers and Talking Feathers. She has given many presentations in her Native regalia and enjoys sharing her culture with others. She has presented at venues such as Northern Illinois University and many other Midwest colleges, The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and many other museums, as well as libraries and small groups. She’s been interviewed for both television and radio and is currently reviewing Native curriculum for an educational company.

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Since 1997, our Road Scholars Speakers Bureau has invited Illinois writers, storytellers, historians, folklorists, musicians, and living history actors, among others, to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout our state. It also supports local nonprofit organizations – including libraries, museums, arts councils, historical societies, civic groups, and many others – in presenting free-admission cultural programs of high quality to their communities for a modest application fee, which can be waived if your organization is experiencing financial hardship.

Our Road Scholars Speakers Bureau roster features speakers hailing from many different communities across Illinois who offer presentations on topics in history, archaeology, philosophy, literature, theater, film, music, politics, and other subjects that are thought-provoking and engaging. The breadth of these offerings reflects our conviction that the humanities can help us to examine the world in all its varied shades and discover in it the remarkable, the strange, the fantastic, the tragic, the humorous, and the beautiful.

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