Journey Discussions: Reflections on the Massacre at Wounded Knee
March 25, 2021 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Journey Museum and Learning Center will present "REFLECTIONS ON THE MASSACRE AT WOUNDED KNEE: Three Women, Three Cultures, Three Stories," a one-hour filmed play, to be delivered by Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2021.
The play is written and presented by the Dakota Daughters, comprised of Geraldine Goes In Center, Joyce Jefferson and Lillian Witt, to commemorate the victims of the 130th anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee Creek. The play portrays the hopes, fears, beliefs and values of their Lakota, Afro-American and Euro-American foremothers in the 1860s-1890s. It culminates in their responses to the “battle” on Dec. 29, 1890, during which nearly 300 Lakota people were massacred by U.S. Army soldiers on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Although the characters are fictional, the presentation is based on historical characters and events.
A moderated discussion with viewers about the conflicting historical accounts of the events and the continuing impact of cultural differences will follow the film. The goal of the program is to facilitate intercultural understanding and respect of conflicting
interpretations of history, and to encourage racial healing.
The film of the play is made possible by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, the mission of which is to celebrate literature, promote civil conversation, and tell the stories that define our state. Goes in Center, Jefferson and Witt are scholars for the Council, presenting individual and group programs throughout South Dakota.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Geraldine “Jerry” Goes In Center comes from the Lip’s Camp Tiospaye in Wamblee, South Dakota. She fully embraces her Lakota history, culture and beliefs. She served in the U.S. Army from 1974-1982 and served five years in the National Guard. She holds a degree in Human Services from Oglala Lakota College.
Lillian Witt grew up on a South Dakota ranch and attended a small country grade school. She studied journalism and history at Chadron State College and is a published author in a book of student essays and a collection of creative writings and visual art entries. She is a freelance writer for local and regional publications.
Joyce Jefferson earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Black Hills State University. Through her business, Joyce Jefferson Creates Stories in Song, she provides performances that weave narration, poetry and song. Joyce, a self-published author and photographer, also tours the state educating audiences about African American heroes.