Winona State University will host the presentation “In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors: Pathways to Liberation” by Angela Wilson (Waziyatawin) at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.
“In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors” is a collection of essays and photos that tells the story of the Dakota Death March of November 1862. The work is designed as an evaluation of Dakota voices, perspectives, worldview and historical and contemporary experiences.
In the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Dakota women, children and elders were forced to march from southern Minnesota to a concentration camp at Fort Snelling. Every other year since 2002, descendents of the original marchers walk the route to honor their ancestors.
Wilson (Waziyatawin) is one of the foremost scholars in Native American History. She is a Wahpetunwan Dakota woman from the Pezihutazizi Otunew (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota. Wilson completed her doctorate work in American History from Cornell University. She earned tenure and associate professorship in the history department at Arizona State University where she taught for seven years.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Alex Hines at 507-457-5595 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.