Author will share her stories
at W.H. Over Museum Sept. 5 Author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve will share stories from her novel, The Trickster and the Troll, on Friday, Sept. 5 at 3:30 p.m., at the W.H. Over Museum, in Vermillion. Her book, published in 1997 by the University of Nebraska Press, imagines what could happen if the Lakota trickster, Iktomi, met the Norweigian Troll. In a playful way, the book suggests that while these two characters were an important part of literary tradition, the scientific and industrial age have caused many people to reject them. Through these characters Sneve tells the story of cultural identity, interaction and change in the Midwest. This program, sponsored by the Vermillion Area Arts Council with funding from the South Dakota Humanities Council and hosted by the W.H. Over Museum, is free and open to people of all ages. Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve is a well known and respected educator and author. She was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Virginia received her B.S. and M.Ed. in 1954 and 1969, respectively, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters 2008 from South Dakota State University. For 25 years Virginia was a teacher and/or counselor in public schools in White, Pierre, Rapid City and the Flandreau Indian High School. She was an adjunct instructor at Oglala Lakota College, Rapid City Extension. She retired in 1995. Her first book was released in 1972 and since then she has published 26 books, numerous short stories, articles and poems. Virginiaâ�?�?s career also includes being editor of the Brevet Press in Sioux Falls. She has served as a member of the board of directors Native American Consortium, Corporation for Public Broadcasting; member of the board of directors of United Sioux Tribes Cultural Arts; and the SDSU Foundation; Journey Museum Board, Rapid City; and was historiographer of the Episcopal Church of South Dakota. She has been accorded the following awards: S.D. Governorâ�?�?s Award for Distinction in Creative Achievement; 2004 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Regional Award; National Humanities Medalist, 2000; 1997 Spirit of Crazy Horse Award; Human Rights Award, S.D. State Counselors Association, 1996; Author-Illustrator Human and Civil Rights Award, NEA 1996; S.D. Education Association Human Services Award, 1994; and Native American Prose Award, University of Nebraska Press, 1992. She is married to Vance M. Sneve, who is retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and they live in Rapid City. They have three children and five grandchildren.