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Three Voices: Speaking from the Past

9/7/2005
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Perspective on the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre DEADWOOD, S.D. – Deadwood’s Adams Museum will kick off the 3rd annual South Dakota Festival of Books with Three Voices: Speaking From the Past, for its Preservation Thursday event on September 22, 2005 at 5:15 p.m.. The presentation will be on the main level of the Museum located at 54 Sherman St. The performance is open to the public, free of charge and wheelchair accessible. Through song and story, Geraldine (Jerry) Goes in Center, Joyce Jefferson and Lilah Pengra examine the hopes, fears, beliefs and values of their Dakota, Euro-American, and African-American foremothers. Throughout Three Voices: Speaking From the Past, the performers portray the emotional currents culminating in the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890. Rather than tying to tell “the real story” of the massacre, the presentation portrays three conflicting views of Wounded Knee. The characters begin to change during the performance as they interact with [imaginary] others; teaching children, reading books and newspapers, and receiving letters from a husband away in the army – just as women of the time would have. The audience is invited to see and feel the interplay of human actions, cycles of weather, changing technology, incompetence and competence, prejudice and acceptance, and the beliefs and values of several cultures coming into contact with one another. After the performance, the audience is invited to participate in an open discussion about the conflicting historical accounts of events surrounding the massacre and the continuing impact of cultural differences on relationships today. Jerry Goes In Center, earned a BS in human service, and a minor in counseling at Oglala Lakota College. She is a published writer and recently started her own business making and giving presentations on Lakota cuisine. Jefferson earned a BS in English at BHSU and is the sole proprietor of Joyce Jefferson Creates, giving performances of “stories in song” based on her personal experience and research on the history of African-Americans in the Black Hills. She is both a South Dakota Humanities Independent Scholar and an artist with the South Dakota Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools program. Pengra earned her doctorate in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is the sole proprietor of Multicultural Consulting Services, and gives workshops on how to provide culturally appropriate, values-based services. In 2000 she published Your Values, My Values: Multicultural Services in Developmental Disabilities. She is currently working on a co-authored book about multicultural disability services in Australia. Three Voices Speaking From the Past is made possible with a Speakers Bureau grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and TDG Communications. Additional sponsors include: The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Midnight Star, Deadwood Gulch Resort & Gaming, and Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort. For a complete listing of events at the Adams Museum and the historic Adams House, visit www.AdamsMuseumAndHouse.org. For more information on Three Voices, call 605-578-3724. -30- PHOTO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST The Adams Museum & House, Inc. is a non-profit educational complex dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history and material culture of Deadwood and the Black Hills. www.AdamsMuseumAndHouse.org