Learning Forum - "Zitkala-Sa"
March 10, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmLearning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.
This week, Lily Mendoza presents, "Zitkala-Sa's Legacy." This is part of our Women in History Month.
Zitkala-Sa (pronounced “shaw”) was one of the most prominent Native American writers and activists of the 20th century. Also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, she used her activism to influence Native Americans, specifically when it came to women’s rights.
Her talents extended to the musical world, and she helped write the script and songs for “The Sun Dance Opera,” which was the first Native American opera.
At this presentation, you’ll get an overview of Zitkala-Sa’s life and her contributions to the world of literacy. The presenter will also do some readings of Zitkala-Sa’s written works.
Mendoza owns the Bird Cage Book Store in Rapid City and the Word Carrier Trading Post - a mobile book business. She spends her time organizing literacy events and book fairs in Native American communities across the Northern Plains.
Mendoza is also an activist who promotes conversation around Native American issues impacting local communities. She is is a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, a mother
No admissions will be charged for this important presentation. Seating is limited. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve your place.