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Author Louis Garcia to discuss book at LRSC

By   Dana Zinke

Lake Region State College’s Diversity Committee will be presenting a variety of presentations in 2015. 

The series of presentations is called Storytelling: Native American Voices and will start with a guest lecture by author Louis Garcia January 21st. 
Garcia, author of Grass Dance of the Spirit Lake Dakota, will explore Native American stories. This book is designed to inform the reader of the Warrior Society, which originated among the Pawnee, Ponca and Omaha Nations during the period prior to the development of reservations.  
While reading this book, readers are able to hear the stories from past generations who were actually members of the Grass Dance Society, who participated in its ceremonies, or who witnessed the events. 
Garcia, a native of New York has spent almost 50 years at Spirit Lake learning and embracing their culture. He will discuss how Native American storytelling led to political involvement. The discussion on Wednesday, January 21st will be held in Chautauqua Gallery at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and all community members are encouraged to attend. 
The second event in the Storytelling series will be held on February 24th at 7:00 pm. in Chautauqua Gallery. Vern Lambert will be discussing how the oral tradition of storytelling explains why the Lakota language is dying out and what he and others are trying to do to preserve and restore it. 
The third and final event in the series is a presentation of Native American dances and the history behind the dances. Audience members will be mesmerized with beautiful dancing, drums, and singers by local Spirit Lake residents and impacted by the meaning the dances and gatherings hold. Audience members also will be able to participate in a question and answer session. The show will be held March 25th in the Robert Fawcett Auditorium at 7:00 pm.