Stories from the Land Symposium


Taking place from March 7 through 9, 2019, the symposium explores diverse perspectives on the interrelationships between Indigenous humanities and the land.


$20 to register. Fee waived for college students enrolled in spring 2019, faculty and staff of Bethany College, the staff of the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, panelists, and artists exhibiting in the Stories from the Land exhibition. You can pay $30 to register on the morning of the symposium.

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Smoky Hill Museum

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

Thursday, March 7, 2019

5:30 pm, Smoky Hill Museum
Artist discussion with Kelly Church and America Meredith,
211. W. Iron Avenue, Salina, KS | link

Friday, March 8, 2019

8:30 – 9:30 am, Mabee Welcome Center
Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel and Mabee Welcome Center are at the corner of E. Swensson and N. First Streets.
Light breakfast snacks and coffee, mix and mingle for participants

Bethany College

Part of Bethany College campus. Photo: Swampyank (CC BY-SA 3.0)

9:30 – 10:30 am, Pearson Chapel
Blessing by Kelly Church
Keynote Address by America Meredith

10:30 – 11:00 am, Pearson Chapel
Chapel Presentation by Tony Tiger

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Panel 1: Art Embodying Culture
Moderator: 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, Lindquist Hall Conference Room
Lunch for registered participants (student lunch in the campus cafeteria)

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

3:00 – 3:15 pm: brief break

3:15 – 4:45 pm
Panel 3, Forming Regional Groups
Moderator: Melissa Melero-Moose (Northern Paiute/Modoc), founder of the Great Basin Artists Group. Panelists: Chase Earles (Caddo), Tony Tiger (Muscogee/Seminole/), and Roy Boney (Cherokee Nation)

Tony Tiger artwork

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

4:45 – 5:00 pm: brief break

5:00 – 8:00 pm
Stories from the Land gallery reception
Mingenback Art Gallery, Bethany College, 335 E. Swensson Street, Lindsborg, KS
In conjunction with Maker’s Street Art Walk

Saturday, March 9

9:00 – 11:00 am, Mingenback Art Gallery | link
Breakfast plenary session summarizing Friday’s panels


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.

Humanities Kansas
Bethany College
first american art magazine
Smoky Hill Museum


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