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Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time
Open House
Saturday, July 26
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us for a special weekend showcasing
two new North Dakota State Museum galleries!


Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples
Open House
Sunday, July 27
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us for two days of FREE public events!

Saturday, July 26 - Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time Open House
PaleoTours - Meet at the Mastodon

10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Dinomummy Hall Exhibit

10-11 a.m.
Preparation of the mummified dinosaur fossil called Dakota - a presentation by Amanda Person & Amy Sakariassen

3-4 p.m.
Preparation of the mummified dinosaur fossil called Dakota - a presentation by Amanda Person & Amy Sakariassen

Russell Reid Auditorium

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
“The New Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time” - a presentation by Dr. John W. Hoganson, State Paleontologist, North Dakota Geologic Survey

“Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” - free movie

2-3 p.m.
“Fossils: There to Here” - a presentation by Becky Barnes, Paleontologist, North Dakota Geological Survey

3 p.m.
“Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” - free movie

4-5 p.m.
“Fossil Exhibits in Time Lapse” - a presentation by Jeff J. Person, Paleontologist, North Dakota Geological Survey

Great Plains Theater

10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Ice Age (2002)

3 p.m.
Prehistoric Predators: Razor Jaws

James River Hallway

12-1:45 p.m.
Fuzzysaurus: make and take home your own creation - Becky Barnes & Jessica Rockman

Sunday, July 27 - Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples Open House
Russell Reid Auditorium

10-10:05 a.m.
Welcoming remarks

10:05-10:55 a.m.
Opening prayer, flute playing, and storytelling by Keith Bear (Mandan-Hidatsa storyteller & musician)
Keith Bear is a world renowned Mandan-Hidatsa storyteller and music performer from the Three Affiliated Tribes. Through extended family members, friends, and ceremonies Keith learned traditional songs, beadwork, porcupine quillwork, flute music, and traditional stories. Keith has appeared at the Smithsonian Folklife festival, the Kennedy Center, the International Storytellers Festival in Wales, and cultural programs throughout Europe. Through storytelling and Native arts he teaches respect for self and elders, integrity, reverence for the earth and appreciation of diversity.

11-11:30 a.m.
Culture Change & Continuity - a presentation by Kacy Hollenback (Professor of Practice at Southern Methodist University)
All cultures change. Archaeologists study material culture to examine how cultures change through time. Yet through analyses of technology life histories we now see that in some instance “change” occurs in order to preserve identity and tradition—especially in times of cultural trauma. In this presentation Dr. Hollenback examines the decisions of Hidatsa communities after catastrophic 18th and 19th smallpox epidemics to the early reservation period. During this time culture change was a strategy to maintain tradition and ensure cultural survival. Kacy received her Ph.D. from the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

1:30-2 p.m.
Innovation, Technology, and Tradition - Cory Spotted Bear and Indrek Park (Mandan Language Program, Twin Buttes)
A cultural teaching is knowing who you are and knowing where you come from—that is, knowing your language, knowing your society, and how to live like that.  Cory Spotted Bear has studied the Mandan language under Edwin Benson (the last fluent Mandan speaker) since 1998 as part of a master-apprentice program.  Indrek Park is a linguist working with Cory at Twin Buttes and received his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

2-2:30 p.m.
The Arikara Cultural Center as a Platform for Cultural Change and Continuity - a presentation by Brad Kroupa & Dancing Eagle Perkins (Arikara Cultural Center)
Founded in September of 2011, the Arikara Cultural Center (ACC), located in White Shield, North Dakota, seeks to honor and preserve the history, language and culture of the Arikara. Since the ACC has no predecessor, its goals and activities are the first of their kind in White Shield. It is a distinctive and honorable place where past, present and future experiences and achievements of Arikara Indians are recognized, celebrated and shared. This presentation will discuss current efforts by the ACC to reawaken Arikara cultural traditions and strengthen tribal identity. These efforts illuminate, in particular, the way the Arikara participants are endeavoring to negotiate the role of the past in the present, and to position themselves in relation to past and future. Both Brad (Ph.D. student) and Dancing Eagle (MA student) are completing their graduate degrees from Indiana State University.

3-3:55 p.m.
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa History and Metis Fiddling by David (Doc) Brien, Gabriel Brien, and Les Thomas
They will provide a brief history of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa with their rich Chippewa, Cree, and Metis traditions. David (Doc) Brien and Gabriel Brien will share fiddle music and the broom dance of the Metis tradition. David (Doc) Brien was the Chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa from 2008-2010. Gabriel Brien is an award winning fiddle player. Les Thomas is with the Turtle Mountain Tourism office.

4-5 p.m.
Flute playing, storytelling, and hoop dancing by Kevin Locke (Lakota and Anishinabe Traditional Artist)
Kevin Locke is Lakota and Anishinabe and trained in the values and traditions of his elders including Lakota music, oral, and dance traditions. He has performed in Native American ceremonies, concerts, and festivals across the United States as well as more than 90 countries worldwide. In 1990 Kevin was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts recognizing him as a Master Traditional Artist who has contributed to the shaping of our artistic traditions and to preserving the cultural diversity of the United States. Kevin Locke has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota and Master’s in Education Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples

10 – 10:30 a.m.
Hide tanning, par fleche painting, quillwork, and beadwork (in the gallery by the tipi) by D. Joyce Kitson (Master Apprenticeship Program -North Dakota Council on the Arts)
D. Joyce Kitson (Pe-hin-sa-win or Red-Hair Woman) was named after her great grandmother during a traditional Dakota naming ceremony. D. Joyce works toward the expansion of knowledge about her heritage in the region through education programs and exhibitions. She was instructed on hide tanning, par fleche painting, porcupine and bird quillwork and beadwork from six master elders. D. Joyce brings her skills and knowledge into classrooms throughout the State of North Dakota as a sanctioned artist/instructor with the North Dakota Council on the Arts. She is an experienced teacher in the traditional and contemporary American Indian arts for over 30 years.

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.
Flute playing & story telling (in the gallery by the language section) by Kevin Locke (Lakota and Anishinabe Traditional Artist)

1 – 1:30 p.m.
Plains Indian Pictographic History (in the gallery by the Learning Lab) by Dakota Goodhouse (State Historical Society of North Dakota)
Dakota Goodhouse will share stories and images of the Lakota encounter with the Corps of Discovery, the War of 1812, and the Little Bighorn. A painted buffalo hide will also be on display.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Scattered Village video and Double Ditch cyclorama development video  (in the gallery by the Learning Lab)

Native American Hall of Honors (just outside the Early Peoples Gallery near the Auditorium)

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Quillwork demonstration and display by D. Joyce Kitson (Master Apprenticeship Program-North Dakota Council on the Arts) & Shauna Walker Elk (Apprentice)

Outside or Missouri River Event Center (if raining)

12 & 2:30 p.m.
Tipi raising by Erik Holland (Curator of Education, State Historical Society of North Dakota)

Great Plains Theater

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
People of the Upper Missouri: The Mandans (77 minutes and will run throughout the day) - a film by the State Historical Society of North Dakota
Focusing on the history, traditions, and material culture of the Mandan people, the documentary integrates historical imagery, contemporary interviews with residents of Fort Berthold, interviews with historians and research specialists, and ethnographic and archaeological data that trace 800 years of Mandan resilience, adaptability, and continuity in the Upper Missouri River Valley. It begins with a contemporary portrait of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara people and travels backwards through space and time, recounting the unspeakable tragedy and loss incurred by the construction of the Garrison Dam; the peak of Mandan population, power, and prosperity as agriculturalists and traders on the Heart River during the 16th century; and the origins of a cultural identity that is bound in memories of ancestors and inextricably tied to the Missouri River landscape.

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