2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017
Otoe and Missouria perspective of Lewis & Clark

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Matthew (Sitting Bear) Jones will present Wahtohtana hedan Nyut achi mahin Xanje akipa, “Otoe and Missouria Meet Big Knives,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Jones is a Kiowa/Otoe-Missouria Indian of Oklahoma who’s been involved in the revival of the rich oral tradition of storytelling for 25 years. A consultant for the movie “Dances with Wolves,” he was a TV script consultant on “Ishi, the Last Yahi,” “The Way to Rainy Mountain” and other productions.

Jones’ Encounter Center program will blend history with culture in a discussion of the historical 1804 meetings of Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery and the Otoe and Missouria, the first Native nations to be contacted west of the Mississippi River.

The historian will offer insight into the Otoe and Missouria’s words and thoughts about the August 1804 meetings at Council Bluffs and just south of present-day Sioux City between the Wah-do-da-hay-da-Nu-dar-chee and the Mahehunjeh (Big Knives).

Through the Otoe-Missouria Nation’s oral history the program also will examine the perceptions they had of these new wan sige ska (white people).

 “We’ll look at the historical repercussions the Otoe-Missouria experienced after this first contact and what the tribe thinks about this historical meeting today,” says Jones who holds a master’s degree in anthropology and adult education from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

As a UNL lecturer, Jones has developed many programs, including “Native American Religious Belief System,” “How to Teach about the Native American,” and “Legal Aspects on Native-American Intellectual Property Rights.” His teaching concentration is multi-cultural education. He was named the 2002 Indian Faculty Person of the Year by the Big III Native American Student Conference.