Humanities Council funds statewide programs

Humanities Council funds statewide programs Nearly $60,000 was awarded by the South Dakota Humanities Council at its fall meeting in Hot Springs, according to SDHC Chairman Richard Kline, Spearfish.

Lake Andes, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Vermillion, Deadwood, Rapid City, Mitchell and South Dakota Public Radio were among South Dakota communities receiving funding to host programs. Funding was granted to a humanities teachers institute, media projects and discussion programs conducted around South Dakota.

A small grant was awarded to a program for school teachers called "The Spirit of Lewis and Clark, Culture, History and Human Adventure," to be held in February and April in the Lewis and Clark Outdoor Classroom seven miles west of Lake Andes on Highway 50.

The program will give teachers the opportunity to learn more about the 1804 expedition as it played out in South Dakota. Humanities Scholars Dr. Tom Gasque of USD and Joyzelle Godfrey of Ft. Thompson will share information on literature surrounding the expedition and about indigenous cultures and tradition encountered in South Dakota by the explorers. Dr. John Orr of Geddes is project director for the $1,343 grant.

The 34th annual Dakota Conference on History, Literature, Art and Archeology received support for its multi-disciplinary conference May 30-31 in Sioux Falls using the theme "The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Then and Now."

The conference features professional and amateur presentation on historical and contemporary aspects of life on the Great Plains. Dr. Rex Myers, Appleton, WI, will make presentation on the pre-exploration fact and fiction of Lewis and Clark and also of their time in western Montana.

Alison Hedge Coke, an indigenous poet, will chair and participate in a panel of native writers giving a response of indigenous people to the expedition. The panel will also include Jerome Kills Small, Heid Erdrich and Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Dr. Harry Thompson of the Center for Western Studies is project director for the $7,885 grant.

The Institute for American Indian Studies at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion received a grant for a teachers' institute called "Gaining Perspectives." The institute features a week-long conference on American Indian cultural values and issues.

Twenty-five elementary and secondary teachers will spend June 24-28 in sessions with native and other scholars learning about indigenous land issues; American Indian writers, artists, and actors writing about and performing the issues; native foods and travels; area art exhibitions and monuments; and concluding with discussions of curriculum bringing native history and issues to school students in South Dakota.

Native presenters will include Dr. Wayne Evans, Ramona O'Connor, Dr. Leonard Brugier, John LaVelle, Dr. Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Jerome Kills Small and Dr. Jeanne Eder. Wayne Evans and Margaret Quintal are project directors for the $13,950 grant.

South Dakota Public Radio will continue its media project called "Exploring the Human Adventure" with radio feature stories and call-in forums using humanities speakers and topics presented over the nine-station radio network.

The series will run from July 1 to Oct. 31 and will feature humanities scholars such as Karen Lone Hill of Oglala Lakota College talking about the changing Lakota language; Dr. Kermit Staggers of the University of Sioux Falls describing the political climate in Warsaw Pact countries discovered during his time as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Kiev in the Ukraine; Dr. James Satterlee, retired SDSU sociologist examining religious colony communities in the state; and Dr. Phil Baker, SDSU Foreign Languages, telling the story of migrant Hispanic sheep shearers in western South Dakota.

Stories on SDHC-sponsored events around the state will also be featured. Curt Nickisch is the project director for the $2,450 grant.

The next council review of grants will be in March of proposals that meet a January preliminary deadline. The next grant cycle will fund Humanities Research and Discussion proposals. For more information on the South Dakota Humanities Council, its programs and funding opportunities call 605-688-6113.

Other funding recipients include the Black Hills Community Theatre in Rapid City; the Black Hills Mining Museum in Lead; the Friends of the Middle Border Museum in Mitchell; the Adams Museum and House of Deadwood; and the Indigenous Issues Forum of Rapid City.

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