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Native American storytelling tradition to be shared

Native American storytelling tradition to be shared
October 23, 2013
Humanities Nebraska speaker Jerome Kills Small to present at Omaha Public Library
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, speaker Jerome Kills Small will present “Children’s Stories, Animal Stories and Traditional Lakota Stories” on Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m., Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402.444.5299. This presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska (HN) and Omaha Public Library as part of the HN Speakers Bureau. All ages are welcome to attend this free event.

Kills Small tells children’s stories and animal stories that have been passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. Among the stories shared are iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends). Kills Small will also analyze Native American storytelling tradition and demonstrate hand drums. Jerome Kills Small is an Oglala Lakota from Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He graduated from and teaches at the University of South Dakota, instructing Lakota language, American Indian thought, Siouan tribal culture, Lakota history, and a seminar on Black Elk. He also teaches the Dakota language and American Indian cultures at Nebraska Indian Community College in Santee, Neb., and South Sioux City, Neb.

This presentation is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the HN Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law, to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation. For information detailing available speakers, and guidelines for booking them, visit the speakers section at

Humanities Nebraska provides major funding for this program. HN receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations. Visit for information on programs and events at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro area locations. 
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