Native American Cultural Symposium-Saturday EventsJune 3, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Native American Cultural Symposium-Saturday Events The Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Arkansas presents the debut of the Native American Cultural Symposium and Outdoor Film Series, June 2-4 2017. All Museum Symposium events are free and open to the public. Parking and shuttles will be provided on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. from the Walmart Museum to the Museum of Native American History so that visitors can park, shop, and dine on the square. Auxiliary parking will also be located at the Northwest Baptist Association for easy access to the Museum of Native American History. Contact the Museum for details. Saturday, June 3 from 9 am-5 pm Fulcrum Publishing Book Sale (Lobby) 10:30am Children's Storytime (Great Room) Featuring a Native American folktale, woolly mammoth stories, and more! Noon - Guest Author Reading (Great Room) 1:00 pm Storytelling Performance (Great Room) Featured Presenter: Gayle Ross is an internationally renowned storyteller and a direct descendant of legendary Cherokee Chief John Ross. 2:00pm Guest Author Reading (Great Room) 4:00pm-6:00pm Filmmaking Bootcamp with Tribal TV: Part I (Great Room)* Featured Presenters: Celia Xavier & Mary Aboud In this two-part workshop, filmmakers of all ages will learn to write, shoot, and edit a mini-short in one weekend on their own tablets or smartphones. #YourStory short films will be screened during Part II of the workshop and online with TribalTV. Pre-registration with the Museum for both workshop installments is strongly suggested. 6:30pm Storytelling Performance (Red Feather Lawn Stage) Featured Presenter: Gayle Ross is an internationally renowned storyteller and a direct descendant of legendary Cherokee Chief John Ross. 7:30pm Performance and Concert of Lakota (Red Feather Lawn Stage) Featured Presenters: Bobby Bridger and John Inmon Bobby Bridger and legendary guitar virtuoso John Inmon perform Bobby's epic ballad Lakota, which depicts Lakota holy man Black Elk telling his life story to poet John G. Neihardt in 1931 South Dakota, which served as the basis for Neihardt's classic Black Elk Speaks. Dusk Outdoor Films (Red Feather Lawn Stage) Featured Presenter: Charlie Soap As the husband and community development partner of the late Wilma Mankiller and producer/director of the evening's feature The Cherokee Word for Water, Charlie Soap will introduce the film. An Osiyo TV Short Film will be shown after the introduction and before the feature film. Feature Film: Cherokee Word For Water Based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, this feature film is set in the early 1980s in a rural Oklahoma Cherokee community where many houses lacked running water. Led by Wilma Mankiller (played by Kimberly Guerrero, A&E’s "Longmire") and Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap (played by Mo Brings Plenty, Netflix’s "House of Cards"), the community of volunteers built nearly 20 miles of waterline to save their community. The successful completion of the waterline, using the traditional concept of gadugi - working together to solve a problem - led to Wilma’s election as Chief. Wilma and Charlie’s work sparked a movement of similar projects across the Cherokee Nation and in Indian Country that continues to this day. In April 2014, the film won the Western Heritage Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Event Location and Contact Information:
Museum of Native American History
202 SW O Street