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Chautauqua: Black Hawk's View of American History (Virtual Performance)
Imagine sitting around a campfire with Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kiuk-kiuk, Black Hawk, listening to the stories of creation and the legends of his grandfathers. Storyteller and historian Brian “Fox” Ellis begins the program with his family’s connection to the Trail of Tears and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from their ancestral homeland in the Carolinas. Using this personal history and a deep knowledge of Native American history, this intimate story builds a bridge, bringing the audience on a journey back into those dark days of American History with both humor and real insight. The audience is then lead down the path through time to an encounter with Black Hawk’s Band on the eve of the battle. Weaving true history with folklore to create a tapestry of symbolic language, he draws the audience into the world view of this respected leader. There are traditional chants and drumming songs, including a chance for the audience to sing-a-long and celebrate the First Nations of this land and to begin to see the world through Native eyes.

Please register in advance for this meeting (room capacity is 500. Everyone who registers for the meeting will receive a link to a recording of the program which will be available to view for two weeks).

Mar 16, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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