Author Sneve will speak at USD on November 27 Author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve will present readings from two of her books at The University of South Dakota on Monday, Nov. 27.
Sneve will read from The Trickster and the Troll at 9 a.m. in the Rushmore Rooms of the Coyote Student Center. At 2 p.m. Sneve will host a reading and discussion of her book Completing the Circle at the Native American Culture Center at 409 East Clark Street in Vermillion.
Completing the Circle, which traces the lives of the women in Sneve's ancestry, received a 1995 pre-publication Native American Prose Award from the University of Nebraska Press. The Trickster and the Troll, a creative blend of the oral narratives of the Lakota Trickster and the Norwegian troll, won a Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America in 1998.
"Sneve's real and imagined characters are models for the dialogue that is an important part of our past and present cultural relationships," said USD English Professor Norma Wilson, whose Native American Literature class is hosting one of Sneve's presentations. "Her writing has made an exemplary contribution to cross-cultural understanding and respect."
Sneve's most recent book, Grandpa Was a Cowboy and An Indian, has just been published by the University of Nebraska Press.
Born on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in 1933, Sneve completed a bachelor of science degree in English and history at South Dakota State College in 1954 and an M.Ed. in education and guidance at South Dakota State University in 1969. Until her recent retirement, she worked as a counselor at Rapid City Central High School and was an adjunct instructor of English at Oglala Lakota College, Rapid City Extension.
Sneve's visit is sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council and the USD English department.