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Tribal food-ways the topic of gathering at UTTC
17 July 2013

BISMARCK (UTN) - Native poet and writer Heid Erdrich is a featured presenter during a public program focusing on food and culture from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at United Tribes Technical College.

      Erdrich will take part in "Tribal Foodways," an event presented by the United Tribes Land Grant Programs in the college's Skill Center building. The event is free and open to the public. It includes walking tours of UTTC's gardens, a student art show, and the Smithsonian Institution exhibit: "Key Ingredients, America by Food."

      Erdrich will present the talk: "Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest." Erdrich is Ojibwe and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota. She lives in St. Paul, MN, writes poetry and focuses on the work of Birchbark House, a foundation co-founded with her sister Louise Erdrich to promote Native language revitalization.

      Also presenting will be Dakota Goodhouse of the North Dakota Humanities Council. Goodhouse (Standing Rock/Dakota) will speak about the impact on food systems of historical conflicts, including the "Apple Orchard Fight" of 1863 near Apple Creek south of United Tribes.

      Reuben Fast Horse (Hunkpapa Lakota/Standing Rock) will make a Chautauqua-style presentation about Civil War General Eli Parker, from the Seneca Tribe. Fast Horse is a certified "eminent scholar" who teaches Lakota culture and makes public presentations and performances at festivals, colleges and schools around the country.

      The "Key Ingredients" display is open to the public now, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the UTTC Skill Center. There is no charge. The exhibit will close August 5.

      To schedule a family or group tour, please contact UTTC Land Grant Program Director Pat Aune: 701-255-3285 x1399 or paune@uttc.edu.

      Presentation of the Key Ingredients exhibit is made possible by United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck Burleigh Public Health, and the North Dakota Humanities Council. The project is part of the "Museum on Main Street" program of the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils, with support from a congressional appropriation.


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