Tuesday April 12, 2005
EXHIBIT AND SPEAKER TO HONOR NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
SALINA – Osage tribe member Jerry Shaw will present “Indian Identity” at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 22 at the Kansas State University at Salina library. His program, along with a special cultural exhibit, is being presented in conjunction with Native American History Month. Both are free and open to the public.
“We are very excited to have Mr. Shaw on our campus,” said Judy Collins, assistant professor at K-State at Salina and member of the college’s Multicultural Connection Committee. “His presentation will explore native identity in today’s world, an identity where tribal sovereignty commingles with other forms of social participation and citizenship.”
An exhibition featuring photographs and information about the history and culture of American Indians also is on display in the K-State at Salina library through the end of April.
Shaw is a member of the Osage Nation and was elected for a 2002-2006 term on the Osage Tribal Council, the 10-member governing body of the Osages. He served for ten years as a board member of the Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita and is an instructor in the ethnic studies program at Wichita State University. He is a past recipient of the Leo Reano Memorial Award from the National Education Association in recognition of his service to young American Indians.
“This exhibit of photographs on Indian identity reveals the manifold expressions of social identity among tribal members in present-day Kansas. An accompanying exhibit showing traditional crafts expresses the beauty and vitality of tradition,” she added.
Shaw’s presentation and the cultural exhibit are made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.