Oglala Lakota storyteller to present at Visiting Writers Series at Northeast

by amandab  9/6/2017 10:11:34 AM --  NORFOLK, NE - The Visiting Writers Series at Northeast Community College will begin the fall semester with a presentation by an Oglala Lakota storyteller. Jerome Kills Small, Porcupine, SD, will speak on Wednesday, September 20, at 4 p.m. at the Hawks Landing at the Northeast Student Center.

A 1997 graduate of the University of South Dakota (USD), Kills Small holds a Master of Arts in selected studies. He taught Lakota language, early Native American history and Native American oratory at USD for twenty years.

Kills Small is featured in the book Wounded Warriors: A Time for Healing and has a story in the Silver Anniversary Anthology, published by the South Dakota Humanities Council. He also appears in the documentaries America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)’s Bones of Contention: Repatriation and Reburial.

Kills Small translates, explains and sings Lakota ceremonial, sweatlodge, powwow, rabbit, round dance, warrior, vision quest and sun dance songs, and performs with the Iron Wing Singers of Wagner, SD. He serves on the board of directors for Lakota Youth Development.

The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Northeast Community College English Department. All events are free and open to the public.  For further information, contact Bonnie Johnson-Bartee, coordinator, at (402) 844-7673.   

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PHOTO ID: Jerome Kills Small. (Courtesy Northeast Community College)

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