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1997 Native American Symposium

1997 Proceedings of the Second Native American Symposium

Reclaiming Native American Cultures

Keynote Address by Richard Erdoes

Richard Erdoes influenced the lives of generations of Lakota people and other tribes by describing Native American life and their spiritual culture and essentially preserving it for future generations.

The prominent illustrator, photographer and author of more than 30 books about the American west died at his home at the age of 96. More importantly, Erdoes was known for a long list of books about Native Americans including, Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions Source: AskArt.

Featured Speakers

James Thomas Stevens was born in Niagara Falls, New York. A member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation in upstate New York, Stevens grew up between three reservations, the two where his grandparents came from, Akwesasne Territory and Six Nations Reserve, and the one where they settled, the Tuscarora Nation. Stevens briefly attended the School of Visual Arts and Brooklyn College before receiving his AFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Arts. Stevens later went on to receive a full fellowship to Brown University and received his M.F.A. in 1993. Source: James Thomas Stevens

Anthony Mitchell

Proceedings of the 2nd Native American Symposium

Front Cover, Table of Contents

Contains front cover and table of contents, and a Preface by Robin L. Murry; an Introduction by Annette Trefzer, and an Acknowledgements page.


Part 1: Native American Voices in the Museum

Contains Reclaiming Artifacts Through Oral History, by Clifford Crane Bear; Native American Voices in the Museum: The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History Enters a New Century, by Annette B. Fromom


Part 2: Native American Literature

Contains Ephanie’s Vision Quest: Blending Native American and Feminist Elements, by Barbara Jean Cook; Life Stories by and Cherokee Dreamer: John Oskison’s Historical Writings, by Melissa Hearn


Part 3: Native American History and Mythology

John Collier and the Controversial Resignation of Indian Commissioner Charles Burke, 1921-1929, by Ginger R. Davis; Reclaiming the Feminine in the Chitimacha Creation Myth, by Carlon Andre and Carole McAllister


Part 4: Native American Languages

Contains Sam Kenoi’s “Coyote and the Whitemen”: Contact in and out of a Chiricahua Narrative, by Anthony K. Webster; Language in Mari Sandoz’s ‘Crazy Horse’, by Kimberli Lee


Part 5: Oral History and Tradition

Contains “The King of the Waters”: Legends of the Horned Water Serpent, by Deborah Mitchell; A Choctaw Oral Tradition: The ‘Holisso Holitopa’ of Chata Immataha

Members of the Conference Planning Committee

Dr. Andrew Robson, Chair, English, Humanities, and Language (Committee Chair)
Ms. Neta Cox, Assistant Librarian
Mr. Brad Cushman, Chair, Art
Ms. Corie Delashaw, Social Sciences
Ms. Jane Gainey, Director of Counseling Services
Dr. Elbert Hill, English, Humanities, and Language
Ms. Marion Hill, Community Representative
Ms. Tamla Hill, Student Representative
Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Psychology and Counseling
Mr. Chad Litton, Sociology
Ms. Camille Phelps, Multicultural Coordinator
Dr. Glenda Zumwalt, English, Humanities, and Language