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Native American Scholar to Be Featured April 11 in Tiskilwa

On April 11, the Tiskilwa Historical Society invites the community to an engaging evening of insights about America’s indigenous people – from the time of glacial run-offs to the modern day. In a program beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening, Pamala Silas, associate director at Northwestern’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, will present “Vibrant, Resilient, Still Here: Contemporary Native Americans” at Tiskilwa’s Museum on Main.

A member of the Menominee Tribe and an active Native American leader for more than 25 years, Pam’s experience in outreach and engagement programs is embedded in her culture and community. Her emphasis will be on Natives as a vital and earth-friendly community, from their ancient stories through the history of their tribal homelands directly into today’s people.

On Monday, April 11, 2022, Tiskilwa Historical Society welcomes Pamala Silas,
noted Native American leader for more than 25 years, to Museum on Main at 7:00 p.m.

Using PowerPoint images throughout her presentation, Pam will also share stories of “The Great Round-up,” the sad chapter in U.S. history when Indian children were sent to boarding schools, separating them from their parents, their land, and their culture.

Similar to a traditional Talking Circle, Pam welcomes all questions with an aim to “. . . create a safe space for people to ask anything they want.” In concluding, she will offer links for further study and discussion on topics that affect everyone’s future.

Tiskilwa Historical Society received a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholar program to host Pam. As with all the society’s programs, there is no charge for admission, and the program is suitable for audience members of all ages.

After the presentation, a social time with refreshments will be held in Galleries 1 and 2, so that audience members can visit with Pam and their friends as they enjoy the museum’s collection. In the Timeline Hallway, a new display of items from Chicago’s 1933 Century of Progress promises to be of particular interest to many.


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