January 30th 6-7:30
Evanston’s Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian collaborates with the American Indian Center of Chicago for an evening poetry event called A Winter Night of Indigenous Tellings. Local Native poets will share their experience living in two cultures as Chicagoans and Indigenous people.
Prior to the event, Dave Spencer, Mississippi Chata/Diné, and Vincent Romero, Laguna Pueblo, will be leading Indigenous poetry workshops at the American Indian Center culminating in the final presentation at the Mitchell Museum. At the A Winter Night of Indigenous Tellings event, workshop participants will present their poems and stories to the public at the Mitchell Museum. These emerging poets are following in the footsteps of seasoned local Indigenous poets, Eddy Two Rivers, Mark Turcotte, author of The Feathered Heart and Exploding Chippewas, and Elise Paschen, author of The Nightlife and Bestiary. Special guest poets are invited so that event attendees can mingle with storytelling mentors, as well as, emerging poets.
Workshop facilitator and event emcee, Vincent Romero says, “In native culture, there are times that we look to the dreamers and the storytellers for leadership. This is because they are the imagineers of what the people need or want at the time. This is why it is so important to celebrate them and encourage them to be productive in their craft…”
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a handful of museums in the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, culture, and current events of American Indian and First Nation peoples throughout the United States and Canada.
For more information visit the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian website, or call 847-475-1030.
A suggested donation of $5.00 can be made in addition to museum admission ($7 for adults, $5 for seniors, students, and children. )
Tribal Citizens Get Free Admission
Photos courtesy of Mitchell Museum of the American Indian