Indigenous art. Indigenous perspectives.

Stories from the Land Symposium


Taking place on March 7 and 8, 2019, the symposium explores diverse perspectives on the interrelationships between Indigenous humanities and the land.


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Smoky Hill Museum, Photo: Devirathod (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Thursday, March 7, 2019

5:30 – 6:30 pm, Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 122 N. 8th Street, Salina, KS

“Creative Voices from the Land: Sharing History through Art,” hosted by the Smoky Hill Museum

Kelly Church (Ottawa/Pottawatomi) presents on Anishinabeg (Potawatomi, Odawa, Ojibwe, and Algonquin) art and America Meredith (Cherokee Nation) presents on art by Indigenous peoples of the Great Plains, hosted by the Smoky Hill Museum. Fellowship Hall | (785) 309-5776 | link

Friday, March 8, 2019

Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery
401 N. First Street, Lindsborg, Kansas

9:00 – 9:30 am
Welcome desk, coffee, mix and mingle for symposium participants

9:30 – 10:30 am
Opening blessing by Tony Tiger (Muscogee/Seminole/Sac & Fox)
Introductory remarks by America Meredith (Cherokee Nation)

10:30 – 10:45 pm: Brief break

10:45 am – 12:30 pm
Panel 1: Art Embodying Culture
Panel Chair: Norman Akers (Osage), MFA, University of Kansas Art Department Director of Graduate Studies.
Panelists: Jodi Webster (Ho-Chunk/Potawatomi), Anita Fields (Osage/Muscogee), Micah Wesley (Muscogee/Kiowa)

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Panel 2: The Environment
Panel Chair: Dr. Daniel Wildcat (Yuchee/Muscogee), co-director of the Haskell Environmental Studies Center
Panelists: Kelly Church (Ottawa/Pottawatomi), National Heritage Fellow; Alicia Harris, MA (Assiniboine).

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Brief break

3:15 – 5:00 pm
Panel 3, Forming Regional Groups
Panel Chair: Melissa Melero-Moose (Northern Paiute/Modoc), founder of the Great Basin Artists Group.
Panelists: Chase Earles (Caddo), Tony Tiger (Muscogee/Seminole/Sac & Fox), and Roy Boney Jr. (Cherokee Nation)

Tony Tiger artwork

Artwork by Tony Tiger (Muscogee/Seminole/Sac & Fox)

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Stories from the Land gallery reception
Birger Sandzén Gallery and also the Mingenback Art Center Gallery, Bethany College, 335 E. Swensson Street, Lindsborg, KS
In conjunction with Maker’s Street Art Walk


We will be staying at Holiday Inn Salina, 3145 S. 9th Street, Salina, KS 67401 (not to be confused with Holiday Inn Express and Suites at 755 W. Diamond Drive) | (785) 404-6767 | link

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We are grateful for the support of Humanities Kansas and the Lindsborg Arts Council in making this exhibition and symposium possible. The views expressed in the Stories from the Land exhibition and during the Stories from the Land symposium are not necessarily those of Humanities Kansas or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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