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Wednesday, 17 August 2016 07:04

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Written by  Rose

We are looking forward to hosting John Beheler, South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau Scholar, on Friday, August 19 at the Historic Adams House at noon. John was scheduled to speak in April, but due to an illness he was unable to travel to Deadwood.

John Beheler’s presentation will offer an Indigenous perspective about culture, spirituality, and the origins of the Dakota and Lakota people. He will examine what America was like before Columbus, where the first peoples came from, what lessons can be learned from our ancestors, and how it is possible we are all related.

John Beheler is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. He currently lives in Ft. Thompson and serves as principal of Crow Creek High School. He is also executive director for the Dakota Indian Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and grants to Native American students. Mahed Wayanka (Sees Within) is the Dakota name his grandmother gave him following a vision he received on Bear Butte over 25 years ago. The name also pertains to his appreciation for traditional art, song, and dance. Beheler is the illustrator of the bestselling book, Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related by Dr. A.C. Ross.

Please feel free to bring your lunch. In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street.

We greatly appreciate our sponsors for this lecture: The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood Mountain Grand, Saloon No. 10, The Lodge at Deadwood, and the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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